Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies - Vol. 1

Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies - Vol. 1

Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies - Vol. 1

Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies - Vol. 1

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Today, as in no other time in history, adolescence has taken over the center stage. This curious time in a human's life has suddenly attracted the attention of the entire world. Its idealism and concrete truthfulness have embarrassed and challenged all the professions to describe, analyze, tolerate, and treat the various manifestations of this process.

Part I of this volume contains essays that give a general feeling for adolescent activity at this time in history. Peter Blos discusses the generation gap. As the first essay, it is significant on many levels. It was presented as the first Distinguished Service Award lecture at the first scientific meeting of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. Blos, who has done so much to clarify adolescence as the "second separation-individuation process," sees two extremes of the generational conflict; from a prolonged distancing device used as a defense against maturational failure to an individuating and differentiating device where resolution of adolescence is finally achieved.

Bruno Bettelheim is deeply concerned with the alienation of youth through automation and feels that personal importance is being robbed. Youth is kept dependent too long, is forced to go on with his education when he has little interest or ability, and therefore his youth is obsolete in terms of providing him with adequate experiences in character formation. D. W. Winnicott has contributed a most hopeful essay on the doldrums of adolescence. The cure for adolescence is the passage of time and gradual maturation. The adolescent does not want to know that he is an adolescent and must experience the vicissitudes. Society must tolerate these doldrums as part of the normal adolescent process.

Ernest Wolf presents a retrospective concept of adolescence by his examination and translation of Freud's adolescent-age letters to Emil . . .

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