By C.M. Fleming
Originally released in 1948.
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2 His contribution to the study of adolescence can best be understood in the light of his views as to the relation of adolescence to the preceding period of childhood. “The years from about eight to twelve constitute an unique period of human life. The acute stage of teething is passing, the brain has acquired nearly its adult size and weight, health is almost at its best, activity is greater and more varied than ever before or than it ever will be again, and there is peculiar endurance, vitality and resistance to fatigue.
There is little emphasis on private property and little evidence of stealing or lying. Violence and aggression among men and women are regarded as signs of maladjustment; and loss of affection is considered to be a penalty for such aggressiveness. In other communities (such as the Mundugumor tribe) both men and women are expected to be violent and aggressive. Love affairs are hasty and passionate. Rejection of children is common. There is intense hostility and conflict for power between siblings, between parents and children and between husbands and wives.
When one adventure is over another may be expected to begin. Adolescence does not appear to be a period of storm, anxiety and strain. Bodily changes attract no particular attention beyond the casual acceptance of the fact that another group of boys and girls is approaching marriageable age. When marriages are arranged they will be accepted in an impersonal fashion and the contribution to 26 THE ADOLESCENT AT HOME community living begun in childhood and adolescence will be continued by another group of men and women whose interests and activities will in turn escape interruption by unduly violent sexual preferences or emotional entanglements.