Institute Library - For Professionals

Children and Divorce

Kelly, Joan A., Ph.D. 2000. Children's Adjustment in Conflicted Marriage and Divorce: A Decade Review of Research. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 39: 963-973.

Gender Differences

Sax, Leonard, M.D., Ph.D. 2005. Why Gender Matters. What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Difference. New York: Broadway Books.

Dr. Sax does a thorough job explaining to parents, educators, and professionals who work with children the importance of understanding the biological and social differences between the genders. More importantly, Sax discusses the implications of such differences for schools, mothers and fathers, and anyone who works with children. Information pertaining to important male/female differences, including risk-taking behaviors, aggression, learning, drugs, sex, and discipline is provided in detail. Sax's work is a definite must read for those who work with kids.

Boy-Related Topics

Sax, Leonard, M.D., Ph.D. 2007. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. Basic Books.

Dr. Sax provides compelling data to explain the recent increase in the numbers of "unmotivated and underachieving" boys and young men in America. While a few of the five factors Sax presents require continued research (e.g., the overuse of medications for ADHD as a partial explanation for the lack of motivation in boys), other reasons, for example, video games, teaching methods (especially during a boy's early education), and confusion over the definition masculinity in 21st century America are on target. Sax also offers advice for parents, educators, and other professionals that help boys reach their true academic, social, and emotional potential.