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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Garbarino Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After more than a decade of relentless increase in the urban war zones of large cities, violence by young boys and adolescents is on the rise in our suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. Twenty-five years as a psychologist working in the trenches with such children has convinced James Garbarino that boys everywhere really are angrier and more violent than ever before. In light of the recent school-based shootings, it's now clear that no matter where we live or how hard we try as parents, chances are our children are going to school with troubled boys capable of getting guns and pulling triggers. Beyond the deaths and debilitating injuries that result from this phenomenon are the staggering psychological costs -- children who are afraid to go to school, teachers who are afraid of their students, and parents who fear for their children's lives.

  

Building on his pioneering work, Garbarino shows why young men and boys have become increasingly vulnerable to violent crime and how lack of adult supervision and support poses a real and growing threat to our children's basic safety. For these vulnerable boys, violence can become normal, the "right thing to do." Terry, one of the boys Garbarino interviews, says "I just wasn't gonna take it anymore. I knew I would have to pay the price for what I did, but I didn't care."

In Lost Boys, Dr. Garbarino addresses the wide range of issues that boys of every temperament and from every background may have to confront as they grow and develop. By outlining the steps parents, teachers, and public officials can take to keep all children safer, Dr. Garbarino holds out hope and solutions for turning our kids away from violence -- before it is too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Parents and social workers and even politicians could do a lot worse than follow his advice.” 

    Nation 

  • “Dr. Garbarino is a brilliant pioneer in charting a humane and intelligent course in preventing youth violence.” 

    Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

  • “Striking a sober but ultimately hopeful note, psychologist and Cornell University professor Garbarino…lends his voice to the growing chorus of concern about the difficulties boys face in their journey to manhood.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An impressively well researched, thoughtful, and helpful study of why some American boys become violent, even murderous, and about what can be done, beyond the simpleminded response of building more prisons, to prevent such behavior and to help boys when preventive efforts fail.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kiersten | 10/11/2013

    " I read this for an Adolescent Male Development class. I wasn't as impressed as the professor lead me to believe I would be. I definitely would recommend Raising Cain to anyone raising a young boy. It is a must read. This was good for some preliminary "flip through" data but that was about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erika Schnidrig | 5/19/2013

    " I will never forget this book. I came across it in my mothers books when I was very young, and started to read it. This is the book that introduced me to psychology and lit the spark of my undying passion for the field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alisa | 12/14/2012

    " Every parent of a boy should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alberto | 10/25/2012

    " The psycological and phisical impact of violence,neglect & abandonment on children's development. Its influence on children adult behavior. Temperament & social factors considered "

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