Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

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Henry Holt and Company, May 10, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 480 pages
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Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School over two decades, Real Boysexplores this generation's "silent crisis": why many boys are sad, lonely, and confused although they may appear tough, cheerful, and confident. Pollack challenges conventional expectations about manhood and masculinity that encourage parents to treat boys as little men, raising them through a toughening process that drives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really like, says Pollack, can we help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression, love and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, divorce, and violence.

“Just as Reviving Ophelia opened our eyes to the challenges faced by adolescent girls, Real Boys helps us hear and respond to the needs of growing boys.” —Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Featuring a new preface by the author on how parents can make a difference.

 

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REAL BOYS: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Following in the footsteps of Carol Gilligan, a study showing that boys learn to hide their real selves and may suffer from it more than girls do. Schools, parents, and society fail boys by demanding ... Read full review

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User Review  - daisygurl536 - LibraryThing

I was forced to read this over the summer for psychology class. It completley suprised me as to how much I didn't know about boys. I really enjoyed reading it, and I have sent it out to my family and ... Read full review

Contents

CONNECTING TO BOYS
79
WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
301
STAYINGCONNECTED REALBOYSREAL MEN
389
THE REAL BOY CODEREVISING THE BOY CODE AND STAYING CONNECTED
391
SOURCES
399
BIBLIOGRAPHY
417
INDEX
435
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William Pollack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is the co-director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He and his family live in Massachusetts.

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