Real Boys

Real Boys

Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood

By William S. Pollack; Mary Pipher, PhD (Foreword by)

Owl Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780805061833, 480pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 1999


Featuring a new preface by the author on how parents can make a difference.

With author appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20 /20 and NPR's Fresh Air, and featuring articles in Newsweek, Time, and The New York Times, Real Boys is one of the most talked-about and influential books published this year.

Based on William Pollack's groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School over two decades, Real Boys explores why many boys are sad, lonely, and confused although they may appear tough, cheerful, and confident. Pollack challenges conventional expectations about manhood and masculinity that encourage parents to treat boys as little men, raising them through a toughening process that drives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really like, says Pollack, can we help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression, love and sexuality, drugs and alcohol, divorce, and violence.

About the Author
Pollack is co-director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.

Mary Pipher, Ph.D. is a psychologist and the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Writing to Change the World. Her work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and she has lectured to groups and conferences around the world. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, Jim, near their children and grandchildren.

Praise For Real Boys

"Anyone who lives or works with boys and men should read Real Boys." --Gail Sheehy

"A thoughtful and sensitive discussion of contemporary American boyhood." --Dr. Robert Coles, author of The Moral Intelligence of Children

"Just as Reviving Ophelia opened our eyes to the challenges faced by adolescent girls, Real Boys helps us hear and respond to the needs of growing boys." --Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School