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July 1930

The Adolescent—His Conflicts and Escapes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(1):220-222. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220130223022

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This is one of the most stimulating and valuable books on the adolescent that the reviewer has had the pleasure of reading. Its main theme is that adolescent behavior is the result of the struggle toward social and environmental adaptation. The authors have approached the problem from their respective interests. Dr. Veeder, from his interest in pediatrics, constributes the first three chapters on the physical framework of the adolescent. Dr. Schwab, as a psychiatrist, contributes the remainder of the book on the more complex situations presented by the adolescent in his struggle with his environment. The point of view presented in the whole book, however, is shared mutually.

In the first chapter, Dr. Veeder discusses the physical growth and development at adolescence, but instead of beginning his discussion with puberty considers also the prepubescent period. As other authors have done, he stresses the resemblance between the growth acceleration at pubescence