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February 1950

A Doctor Talks to Teen-Agers.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(2):356. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310200164020

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This book is written for adolescents and apparently is intended as a sort of guide through the stormy "teen" years. There is no question that such a book is sorely needed and that it will be welcomed by adolescents and their parents alike. A series of topics, all of which are vitally important to adolescents, is treated. The author has attempted to give concrete answers to perplexing questions, including such vital issues as one's relationship to one's self, relationship to parents, other interpersonal relationships, vocations, sexual adjustments and religion.

Unfortunately, the language is glib and the text full of platitudes, which offer little real help to the bewildered adolescent. There is a strong moralistic overtone throughout. The author attempts to sugar-coat his advice with superficial case histories, told in storybook form—this in a book with topics and subtopics in the style of a textbook. Many subjects are only briefly mentioned,