February 1980


Author Affiliations

Division of Adolescent Medicine Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY 14642


by Doris Odlum, 162 pp, $10.50, Westport, Conn, Technomic Publications Inc, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(2):214-215. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130140080029

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Adolescence is the critical period of human development that encompasses the physical and psychological changes transforming the child into the adult. Though the preface indicates that this book is written for anyone, it seems to be an overview of this process of adolescence for parents of teenagers. It was first published more than 20 years ago under the title Journey Through Adolescence, and indeed it watchfully takes the reader through the Alice-in-Wonderland evolution of the child into the adult. It was written by a psychiatrist, who uses principles of adolescence along with brief personal cases and literary quotations to clarify her discussions. Theories of adolescence are translated into practical explanations of why a teenager does specific, seemingly bizarre actions, so that parents can try to understand their own or other teenagers. Dr Odlum mixes in a delightful personal seasoning, based on much experience with, and obvious enjoyment of this age