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August 25, 1969

The Psychological World of the Teen-Ager: A Study of Normal Adolescent Boys

JAMA. 1969;209(8):1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160210058031

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Adolescence: Psychosocial Perspectives, edited by Gerald Caplan and Serge Lebovici, 412 pp, $12.50, New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1969.

Childhood and Adolescence, edited by Jules H. Masserman, 258 pp, $12.75, New York and London: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1969.

Almost everybody talks or writes about teen-agers. Business men may welcome them as customers, but parents, police, educators, and commentators express distrust and disapproval. Recently, many psychiatrists have been reporting their observations and interpretations of adolescents.

Offer directed an unusual research project in two suburban high schools. Seventy-three freshman boys, carefully selected as "model," free from outstanding problems, were studied intensively by interviews, psychological tests, family conferences, and school reports, and followed up through high school and early college years. The Psychological World of the Teen-Ager includes description of the procedures and findings. Most of these "normal" youths slowly developed heterosexual interests, communicated adequately with their parents, adjusted to high school,