Angry young men: how parents, teachers, and counselors can help "bad boys" become good men

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Jossey-Bass, Sep 17, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 277 pages
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"The majority of difficult, troubled, criminal, and even violent young men can lead whole and productive lives when given the right opportunities and leadership."

Many of us feel disturbed by the destructive behavior of so many American boys today. Their rates of substance abuse, suicide, assault, gun possession, and homicide exceed, by far, those of boys in every other industrialized nation. But what can we do? Weaving together his life experiences, research, and clinical observations, former "bad boy" Aaron Kipnis examines the lives of boys at risk and offers clear and practical suggestions for how we all can help troubled boys become good men.

Kipnis, a nationally respected educator and consultant in clinical psychology, was first arrested at the age of eleven. He spent most of the next seven years living in juvenile institutions or on the streets. Rather than surrendering to this downward spiral, he changed course, ultimately devoting his professional energies to affected boys and young men. In a compelling personal narrative, the author tells of his own transformational journey from runaway, street hustler, and jailed juvenile, to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology devoted to mentoring, counseling, and leading young men.

This book tells parents exactly what they need to know if their son is having trouble socially or emotionally, in school, or with drugs or gangs. It offers educators insights into how to work with disruptive boys and shows counselors and community youth leaders how to build trust and bring about change with troubled youth. For every destructive or violent act that the author experienced, he offers an antidote— based on inside knowledge. Angry Young Menoffers compelling strategies for everyone concerned about how we can save our young men.

Helping "Bad Boys" Become Good Men

Writing from personal and professional experience, Aaron Kipnis shares both the riveting story of his own troubled youth-and how he turned himself around-and the successful approaches he has used to help "bad boys" become good men. Angry Young Men offers specific, practical advice for parents, teachers, counselors, community leaders, and justice professionals— everyone who wants to help at-risk boys become strong, productive, caring, and compassionate men.

"Angry Young Men is an extremely important book that is especially timely now during our current epidemic of violence by and against boys and young men . . . Aaron Kipnis has seen deeply, not only into the souls of troubled boys and adolescents, but also into those aspects of the spirit of our culture and our epoch that have turned an unprecedentedly large proportion of our boys and young men into perpetrators and victims of violence."— From the Foreword by Dr. James Gilligan, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"One of the most important books written in the last decade."— Robert Bly, author of Iron John and The Sibling Society

"With stories of the triumph of human courage against insurmountable odds, Aaron Kipnis clearly demonstrates that redemption, human dignity, and transformation are possible among the most troubled of our youth."— Dr. Robert E. Roberts, executive director Project Return, Tulane University Medical Center

"With unique passion and insight, Aaron Kipnis shatters the myths about troubled young men in our society. A compassionate look atat-risk youth that compels each one of us into action."— Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and A Fine Young Man

"A compelling work that deeply moves and educates you as it seeks to build an informed and inspired advocacy for at-risk boys and young men. Kipnis arms us with healing alternatives that are within our reach. Essential reading."— Dr. Mary Watkins, clinical psychologist and author of Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests

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About the author (1999)

AARON KIPNIS is a popular national speaker and consultant on male psychology. He is president of the Fatherhood Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding fathers in their relationships with children and spouses, and teaches therapists in training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of Knights Without Armor and coauthor of What Men and Women Really Want.

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