Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

by Leonard Sax

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Why America's sons are underachieving, and what we can do about it.

Something is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A's, her brother Justin is goofing off. He's more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework.

In Boys Adrift, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465040827
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 133,946
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is board-certified in family medicine. His scholarly work has been published in a wide variety of journals, including American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Environmental Health Perspectives, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The TODAY Show, Fox News, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

A Word of Caution ix

Chapter 1 The Riddle 1

Chapter 2 The First Factor: Changes at School 17

Chapter 3 The Second Factor: Video Games 71

Chapter 4 The Third Factor: Medications for ADHD 103

Chapter 5 The Fourth Factor: Endocrine Disruptors 127

Chapter 6 End Result: Failure to Launch 151

Chapter 7 The Fifth Factor: The Revenge of the Forsaken Gods 201

Chapter 8 Detox 227

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 279

Index 333

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