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Title: The Myth of Maturity: What Teenagers Need from Parents to Become Adults

ISBN : 0393049426
Author : T.E. Apter
Publisher : W W Norton & Co Ltd
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX31-U31-X4-ORY2-46401


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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;Parents often withdraw from their college-age children yet these are the years when a parent's guidance is particularly important, argues Apter (The Confident Child, etc.). A social psychologist and researcher at Cambridge University, Apter conducted in-depth interviews with 32 American college students and recent graduates, and here presents &doublequote;core stories,&doublequote; complete with real dialogue and analysis, that she has culled to help parents and thresholders change the way they see and talk to each other. The stories include that of a college girl so overwhelmed by choosing a major that she develops an eating disorder (&doublequote;I ask her about her family. `Oh them,' she says, scooping up the ice cream in her root beer float. `I feel really cut off from them.' &doublequote;) and a first-generation college student who dropped out because, according to Apter, his parents didn't provide the emotional support he needed. Young men who feel &doublequote;dead inside&doublequote; when confronting new girlfriends, a fast-tracked child of the '90s boom who &doublequote;feels her position is fragile&doublequote; and a '60s boomer parent who feels &doublequote;angry incomprehension at his son's moody lethargy&doublequote; all make appearances. Apter's sample of 32 may not be broadly representative, and non-middle-class readers may have trouble recognizing themselves in many of these anecdotes. And while the startling statistic that 50% of boys and 40% of girls move back in with their parents at some point after college may mean that colleges treat students as more grown up than they are, as Apter notes, it also seems to directly contradict her contention that parents pull away at this same point. (June)Forecast: Apter's The Confident Child remains a steady seller, but Apter is not quite enough of a brand to draw readers in on name recognition alone. However, the book, covering the burnout of post-adolescent achievers and their attendant pathologies, will attract the SUV set via word of mouth.&newline;&newline;Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;From Library Journal&newline;&newline;These two books offer excellent perspectives on children, parents, and culture. Psychologist Apter (The Confident Child) argues that we've been hanging on to an idea that's all wrong that when children finish high school or college and land a job, they instantly become autonomous, responsible adults. This &doublequote;myth of maturity,&doublequote; insists Apter, is harming our kids. These &doublequote;thresholders&doublequote; (ages 18-24) appear to function as adults (whether in a job or in school), but in reality they are often in turmoil, depressed, and overwhelmed by life. Apter claims that though parents have been taught that they should end support (emotional, financial, and practical) so that their children can be independent and self-reliant, this is the wrong approach. Each chapter addresses a theme (job stress, finances, college, emotions) with stories of thresholders Apter has interviewed followed by her advice to both parents and thresholders on how to deal with the situation. Myth shatters many common notions we've held for several decades, e.g., it links eating disorders to separation anxiety and lays to rest the idea that the l8-24s are confident, happy, and sexually active beings. Like Elkind, Apter knows that kids grow up fast (that is, they leave childhood) but that they aren't &doublequote;grown up&doublequote; at all. Elkind's classic The Hurried Child dates from 1981 and was revised in 1988; now it appears in a third edition. The basic premise remains the same: parents have pushed their children emotionally and intellectually too far, too fast. Today's parents think of their kids as Superkids, so competent and so mature that they need adults very little. Why? Because parents, who are building careers, blending families, or struggling as single parents, have no time for child rearing. Having a competent Superkid relieves these parents of guilt, but it places too much stress on the children themselves. This new edition is fully revised, with new sections on peer-group parent pressure, i.e., the pressure parents feel to go along with the Superkid image out of fear that their own children will lag

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