The facts are disturbing, to say the least: Fully one-third of men ages 22-34 are still living at home with their parents — about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. For the first time in history, American men in their 30s earn about 12% less than their fathers did at the same age. Meanwhile, boys nationwide are conspicuously absent from the top 10% of graduating high-school classes; fewer are going to college; and women are already outnumbering men at undergraduate institutions three to two. What is happening to our young men?
Now, in “Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men,” family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax reveals the truth about what’s driving the decline of American boys — and what parents can do about it.
In Boys Adrift, Dr. Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his own vast clinical experience to propose an entirely original view of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He identifies five major factors that disable the motivational engine for a growing number of American boys — and explains what parents can do to turn things around.
“Essential reading for parents of girls and boys, and for those who expect to become parents. I have passed my copy of the book to my daughter. The epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving men is real and demands action; this book provides a carefully researched analysis of the problem and offers useful advice on how to deal with it.”— Professor Craig Anderson, Iowa State University
“Leonard Sax brings good science and gifted writing to his analysis of our biggest social problem in Boys Adrift. I know something of the literature on unmotivated boys and was surprised by how much I learned. Expect to be newly interested in plastic bottles and much else besides.— Professor Steven E. Rhoads, University of Virginia, author of Taking Sex Differences Seriously
“A compelling and thought-provoking examination of the male crisis in contemporary American society. ? A must read for all of us!”— Doug MacIsaac, Department of Teacher Education, Stetson University