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The boy crisis : why our boys are struggling and what we can do about it
Farrell, Warren, author.
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Publication Information:
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2018]

Two Rivers Distribution

Lake Book Manufacturing

Physical Description:
xvi, 492 pages: illustrations, charts ; 25 cm
Examines issues challenging today's young men in the areas of education, mental health, sexuality, and leadership, outlining a comprehensive blueprint for parents, teachers, and policymakers to help boys lead purpose-driven lives.

"What is the boy crisis? It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science. It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women. It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison. It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose--being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner--are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification. So, what is The Boy Crisis [this book]? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect."--Dust jacket.
Introduction: Is there really a boy crisis?. My personal journey into the boy crisis -- PART I: Is there really a boy crisis? The crisis of our sons' mental health ; The crisis of our sons' physical health ; The crisis of our sons' economic health ; The crisis of our sons' education ; The crisis of our sons worldwide ; Why are we so blind to the boy crisis? -- PART II: Why the boy crisis isn't your fault. The boy crisis: a problem created by a solution -- PART III: The purpose void. The path-to-purpose generation gap ; The "hero paradox" : value yourself by not valuing yourself ; Why do more marriages fail in countries that succeed? ; How raising our sons successfully in the past differs from raising our sons successfully for their future ; Raising a balanced son in an out-of-balance world -- PART IV: Dad-deprived boys vs. Dad-enriched boys. Dad-deprived boys ; Why are Dads so important? ; Rediscovering Dad ; What Dads do differently ; In the event of divorce... the four "must-dos" ; The father warrior : why fathering will be a new male sense of purpose ; DAD : Discrimination Against Dads ; The best parent is both parents, but... ; From "cultural shrug" to cultural shift ; Creating Dad-enriched families -- PART V: Heroic intelligence versus health intelligence. Heroic intelligence versus health intelligence ; Emotional intelligence and mental health ; Reversing depression, preventing suicide ; Hidden hazards to your son's health ; From hurt people hurting people to healed people healing people -- PART VI: ADHD : treatment with or without medication. The new neural crisis ; The four faces of ADHD ; The many causes of ADHD ; Natural solutions to restore dopamine function ; Natural supplements for better brain performance -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Family dinner night : the five essentials -- Appendix B: The boy crisis list : the benefits of Dad, and the dangers of Dad deprivation.
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