Sturm und Drang Revisited—The Pains of Becoming a Person

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 934–935. Reviews the book, Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 5: Developmental and Clinical Studies edited by Sherman C. Feinstein and Peter L. Giovacchini (1977). This collection of papers is the fifth in a series of volumes by the Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. The papers are divided into four sections: (1) General Considerations, (2) Developmental Issues, (3) Psychopathology, and (4) “Psychotherapy. This book may be understood as mirroring the problem of adolescence both in form and in content. The overlapping parts that divide topics only vaguely, the uneven quality of the content and wide variations in sophistication reflected in the various chapters, the omission of (or repression of) nationally relevant problems pertaining to the postpubertal population are reminiscent of the adolescent ego, producing wide swinging moods, superb accomplishment, rapid regression, and driving adults to the brink of despair. These are reminiscent of the book itself. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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