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Frames of Mind.

Floyd S. Irvin, PHD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(5):475. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740290091013.
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In spite of this book's elusive title, most readers should find it to be an impressive contribution to the everincreasing body of literature on adolescent development. More than an essay or mere collection of clinical impressions on youth, this book is a well documented, empirical research report on 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old English schoolboys. The theoretical persuasion of the author is made clear at the outset and psychoanalytic hypothesis generated prior to the analyses of the research data; consequently, one gets the feeling of a well-formulated research design. Perhaps the most exciting contribution made by this research effort is its clear statement concerning the myths, stereotypes, preconceptions, and misconceptions of adolescents with respect to their adult counterparts. According to the research data, such misconceptions shift only modestly, if at all, during adolescence; thus, one must await the onset of young adulthood before readily observable changes take place.


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