August 1977

The Children of the Counterculture

Author Affiliations

BONNIE KLEIN Jewish General Hospital Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics McGill University School of Medicine Montreal, Quebec


by John Rothchild and Susan Wolf, 207 pp, $7.95, Doubleday & Co Inc, 1976.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(8):931-932. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120210109029

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This book is designed to answer the intriguing question: What happened to the children of the children who "dropped out" in the 1960s? The generation who rejected the politics and ideals of their so-called permissive parents of the 1940's were now having kids of their own.

This new counterculture arrived at a position wherein it could theoretically produce, through the transmission of new ideals and possibly new childrearing techniques, a new type of child. It is doubtful whether the very diverse countercultures conceived of their role that way, but nevertheless, the possibility existed that as a consequence of new, largely communal organizational forms, a new product would be created. In search of this new child, John Rothchild and Susan Wolf set out to discover the child-rearing approaches of many different counterculture communal settings. Susan Wolf's two children, Chauncey (age 5) and Bernsie (age 3) came along for the ride and

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