This book is the culmination of more than 15 years of discussion and consultation with Morris A. Sklansky, MD, training psychoanalyst and member of the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, at the Scholarship and Guidance Association, a Chicago social agency serving emotionally disturbed adolescents since 1911. The children and families seen represent a cross section of the Chicago metropolitan community. No attempt is made by the authors to review the various psychological theories about adolescent psychology and Psychopathology. The text is a concise and lucid exposition of psychoanalytic theory which views the adolescent "as an individual personality living in a social and cultural milieu where both internal and external factors impinge on him."
The turmoil of adolescence is seen as the result of internal, not external factors; yet the adolescent can be helped to function better without achieving insight into his unconscious. In fact, this is usually contraindicated.