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August 7, 1981

Responding to Adolescent Needs

Author Affiliations

University of California Medical Center San Diego

JAMA. 1981;246(6):682-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320060084031

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This slim volume highlights interesting topics of particular relevance to adolescence—family, schools, law, health, sex, and work—written by prestigious and distinguished authors of national renown. Although Dr Daniel Offer, in the foreword, states: "It is a book full of facts and figures, which present unique suggestions to the professional working with adolescents," the reader may find the scope of the suggestions variable and the strengths of the book uneven. This may be a result of the diversity of chapter authors, with little flow from one chapter to another.

The first chapter, "Family Maladaptation Reflected in Drug Abuse and Delinquency" details the interweaving in the relationship between family dynamics and the evolution of drug misuse and delinquent behavior. Family situations are presented in a clear, factual, and insightful manner. The chapter entitled "Families, Communities and Rebellious Adolescents" is equally remarkable. One finds eloquent statements like "Where the dominant strain in the