"The world of adolescence is a very different world from that of childhood. The latter, in spite of its perplexities and problems, of vast importance to the child, is still a sheltered and protected world, with well-defined boundaries and limited responsibilities. Adolescence, surmounting the hills of childhood, looks out upon a new, vast, bewildering world, where old landmarks no longer serve and old objectives are left behind. In a time like the present, marked by change and flux, with the downfall of old standards and the overthrow of time-worn conventions, when so many of us are groping our way amid a chaos of doubts and perplexities, there is more need than ever for us elders to take stock of our knowledge, that in so far as possible we may be prepared to accord the girl the measure of understanding that she needs, and to guide her uncertain footsteps toward worthy social goals. Where formerly they were viewed largely from a sentimental standpoint and efforts at their solution proceeded along moral or philanthropic lines, we have latterly been busy studying the matter dispassionately, weighing and measuring, collecting statistics, and trying scientific experiments. The physician, the psychologist, the psychiatrist, and the sociologist, to say nothing of the anthropologist and the experimental pedagogue, have added their quota, until we now have a considerable body of knowledge concerning the growing girl and her mental and emotional life. To condense it all within the compass of a single volume would be an impossible feat. A book such as this can do little more than mention the problems which seem most insistent, as judged by the frequency with which they are brought to the attention of the psychologist or psychiatrist, and refer the reader to works in which they are dealt with more fully. Much of the literature upon adolescence is as yet highly technical, and much more is locked up in reports, monographs, and scientific journals, where it is almost impossible for the unaided reader to discover it. In the following pages there is no attempt to cite authorities for every statement made, but a carefully selected bibliography will be found at the close of each chapter, which it is hoped will induce the reader to seek farther for information on the points that can only be touched upon in the text"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).
The adolescent girl in earlier times Puberty : what it is and what it means The abnormal girl The delinquent girl The normal girl Training and education.