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Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men | [Leonard Sax]

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

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college.

Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys' use of video games to innovative education reforms.

©2007 Leonard Sax; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-08-09
    David Toronto, Ontario, Canada 09-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wish I had this 12 years ago"

    This is a very eye opening book. I wish I had this book when my kids where infants.

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    Andrew Oklahoma City, OK, USA 08-17-09
    Andrew Oklahoma City, OK, USA 08-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I've recommended this to several friends"

    As my wife and I listened to this book, I heard Dr. Sax describe our son exactly. We gained enough good insights into him that we listened a second time and had him listen with us. Since then, I've recommended this book to several friends in similar situations.

    My wife, a first grade elementary teacher, echoed many of the same observations made in this book.

    Definitely worth listening to if you are a parent with a boy or you work with kids on a regular basis.

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    Lynn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 08-04-09
    Lynn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 08-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A MUST read for parents today"

    Fascinating, informative, utterly disturbing. This book should be required reading for all parents of boys! Sadly, I see my own son (now 22) in this book. I wish I'd had this information years ago!!

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    Mitzi lewisburg, TN, USA 04-08-09
    Mitzi lewisburg, TN, USA 04-08-09
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    "Don't Forget Our Boys"

    If you have an interest in successful children, in this case boys, this a must.
    It takes us into their world, their minds, their needs as youngsters so we can produce better adults.
    If you are looking for some insight into the little boy of your life, this I highly recomment.

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-20-09
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    "A Troubling Book"

    This book reviews what is happening to young men (in the US and around the world) who "fail to launch." It is a disturbing look at the decline in men who are engaged in starting their lives as adults. Individuals with sons or grandsons will gain insight. People simply interested in what is taking place sociologically to this group will be rewarded.

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-18-13
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Lost art of manhood."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Dr. Sax presents a fascinating look at the physiology and development of human males and the obstacles preventing an egg and sperm developing into a fully functional man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate opinions based on verified evidence and solid rational thought.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was adequate, neither making or breaking the value of this book. That may sound apathetic but sometimes a reader being invisible allows the lister to just engage in the story.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    There are very real physiological, mental and emotional differences between boys and girls beginning with chromosomes and continuing on to the most obvious details we all take for granted.


    Any additional comments?

    I will also remember the information on environmental and societal factors which influence the development of boys into men. Excellent book!

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    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-05-13
    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Read for Any Parent"

    The book is very informative and very good. It touches very sensitive issues and hit them spot on. A bit of science a bit of medicine and a bit of psychology. great.

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    konnichwakid Lehi, Utah 05-03-13
    konnichwakid Lehi, Utah 05-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "BPA Hell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I think he makes valid points about male leadership, schools, BPA, video games, and more.


    What other book might you compare Boys Adrift to and why?

    Unlike most child rearing books. This is unique compared to other books I have read.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    He branches out to explain how BPAs affect girls too, which is good to know.


    Any additional comments?

    Sans BPA

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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 05-02-13
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Informative and enlightening"
    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    the connection between stimulate ADD medications and the correlating lack of motivation later in life.


    Any additional comments?

    a good read for any parent of a teenage boy drifting along or an adult male seeking some answers.

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    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 03-12-13
    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Insightful"

    Helpful for myself as well as for my parenting skills. I felt there was lots of good research done behind the content and raised some good points that got me thinking.

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