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Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood Paperback – May 10 1999

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (May 10 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780805061833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805061833
  • ASIN: 0805061835
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Anyone who lives or works with boys and men should read Real Boys.” ―Gail Sheehy

“A thoughtful and sensitive discussion of contemporary American boyhood.” ―Dr. Robert Coles, author of The Moral Intelligence of Children

“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

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Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School for more than two decades, Real Boys explores this generation's "silent crisis": why so 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 experiencing, says Pollack, can parents and teachers help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression and violence, drugs and alcohol, sexuality and love.

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