ERIC Number: ED035921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-23
Reference Count: 0
The Woodstock Generation; Frankenstein or Golem.
Gaylin, Ned L.
Today's youth is demanding to be heard in a way that few other youth generations have before. The experts try to explain this phenomenon and in general, their explanations are the same, a put down of our youth. Some of the general societal forces which have led to this situation deserve some mention: (1) the extension of adolescence, yet during this period a demand for responsibility with little or no experiences or opportunities to take it; (2) a demand for credentials but little respect for what few they have; (3) the continual erosion and disenfranchising of the community and the American family unit from its training and educational responsibilities; (4) changing roles of fathers and mothers; (5) the presence of "the Bomb"; (6) the encouragement to think for oneself rather than blind obeisance; (7) hypocricy; (8) the ridiculous rites of passage, drive at 16, be drafted at 18, vote at 21; (9) a lack of community spirit, and feelings of group solidarity. Perhaps the behavior that adults become so indignant about is an attempt to find some standard, some value, and some communication with others. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Child and Family Mental Health.
Note: Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Convention, Washington, D. C., October 23-24, 1969