Dr. Blaine wrote more informally in Patience and Fortitude: The Parents' Guide to Adolescence (Little, Brown-A.M.P.-1962)....

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YOUTH AND THE HAZARDS OF AFFLUENCE

Dr. Blaine wrote more informally in Patience and Fortitude: The Parents' Guide to Adolescence (Little, Brown-A.M.P.-1962). He's a psychiatrist at Harvard and Radcliffe and his charges are not only older, but the problems are more difficult and they have been as overt in that institution as in any in the country. Here, with both gravity and firmness all along the line, he relates ""the present unruly behavior of our young people to the general tenor of our times."" After indicating the original sins of the home (television, divorce, the working mother) and schools with their records of underachievers and dropouts, he goes on to discuss, at great length, sex. The unwanted pregnancy (a 10% statistic here) with no desirable solution (either early marriage, adoption or abortion) and the fact that premarital sex indicates a less stable marital future, offer the strongest case for returning to the double standard, no matter how condoning the institution or the home. More briefly he deals with youthful rebellion and riots, cheating, drugs, suicide and indicates religion as one of the necessary mainstays in a society where affluence is not really the problem-- it's the lack of controls. Parents and professionals will find this direct and supportive.

Pub Date: May 11, 1966

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Publisher: Harper & Row

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1966