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On Adolescence: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation.

Daniel Offer, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(6):663. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730120103021.
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Peter Blos' excellent monograph: On Adolescence: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation is now available in paperback. It is the same edition originally published in 1962. As before, the author presents the reader with a thorough and complete discussion of the vicissitudes of adolescence as seen through the eyes of a psychoanalyst. Dr. Blos takes the reader from puberty to postadolescence with an awareness of the complexities of the process, involving growth on the one hand, and potential for psychopathology on the other. The author's attempt to differentiate five distinct stages in adolescence, (1) Preadolescence; (2) Early Adolescence; (3) Adolescence Proper; (4) Late Adolescence; and (5) Post Adolescence, has already provoked much thinking, discussion, and research. It will do the same now that it is available at a reduced price. The main flaw of the book still stands: it is written in a heavy style which makes the book difficult to read. It


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