March 1962

The Adolescent Society: The Social Life of the Teenager and Its Impact on Education.

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By James S. Coleman, with the assistance of John W. C. Johnstone and Kurt Jonassohn. Price, $6.95. Pp. 368. The Free Press of Glencoe, a Division of the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, 640 Fifth Ave., New York 19, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(3):256-257. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710210072010

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This book is the result of carefully designed research attempting to delineate the various consequences that the existing adolescent culture has on the school, in general, and on secondary education, in particular. The study includes ten different high schools which vary in size from one hundred fifty students to nineteen hundred fifty students per high school. The communities vary from a small town, farming community, population one thousand, to a large city, population a hundred thousand, and a parochial school in Chicago. The data was collected by means of questionnaires given to the high school students at two different times—in the fall of 1957 and in the following spring. Questionnaires were also given to the teachers and sent to the parents. The book, however, concentrates on the analysis of the students' questionnaires. Dr. Coleman and his assistants have done a remarkable job in analyzing the data and

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