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Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

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Family physician, psychologist, and acclaimed author of "Why Gender Matters" reveals the truth about whatOCOs driving the decline of American boys?and what we can do about it.
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published February 15th 2005)
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Marianneosharp
So, before I forget all that I've learned I need to share. I read this book after Allison told me she was reading it and have now recommended it STRONGLY to many of my friends. It's a pretty quick read and makes you aware of big issues that every parent of boys should educate themselves on. These are a few of the resolutions I've made after having read this book.

First of all, I will be aware that the public school system is "feminized". Sax, the author, says it would help parents and teachers al
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Debbie
Apr 30, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all parents of boys
Shelves: parenting
I started reading this book after hearing about it from a mom of a teenage boy. Her son is a good kid: good student, practices his faith, athletic, mannerly, but she saw warning signs of how easily good kids can go astray when they don’t have someone to help guide them. If she was concerned about her son, I figured I ought to be concerned about mine, since I have five, and three of them still have many years before they enter the turbulent teens. Best to be prepared.

It didn’t take like before I
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Heather in FL
So, we're doomed. That's what I got from this book. Thanks a lot, Dr. Sax. Unfortunately, so much of what he talks about has been done over generations and we're now seeing the dismal results.

Basically I think it comes down to the fact that we're ruining boys through co-ed education, ADD/ADHD misdiagnosis, video games, environmental estrogens, and missing male role models. And I think he's on to something. He makes a lot of sense. I hate it when people make sense when talking about bad things, l
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Jennifer
Dec 30, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sax (author of Why Gender Matters) argues that boys are more unmotivated than in the past because of (1) changes in schools that make them less boy friendly, (2) video games, (3) medications to treat ADHD that cause changes to the brain, (4) endocrine disruptors in plastics that are reducing testosterone, and (5) devaluation of masculinity in our culture. I think my initial problem with this book is that I don't totally buy his premise that we have an epidemic of unmotivated boys. I agree with s ...more
Leslie
Jun 03, 2015 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For the first couple of chapters I was planning on giving this book one lonely star. I kept reading, it got a bit better and I ended up giving it two stars. Two stars still isn't a great recommendation but ultimately I decided it was worth reading. The middle section contained some information I'm at least glad to be aware of and the last three or so chapters were pretty good, even thought provoking, and for that I'm glad I read it. I found the "Failure to Launch" chapter especially interesting. ...more
Elevate Difference
Most of the attention Dr. Leonard Sax gets is for his advocacy of single sex education for boys. In his first book, Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences, Sax described the developmental and biological differences between the sexes and how contemporary early education puts boys at a disadvantage. In his follow up, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, Sax elab ...more
Tanya W
Sep 15, 2011 Tanya W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This book was so hard for me to get motivated to read... I renewed it 3 times, then checked it out again and renewed it three more times. So today I started over while substitute teaching (the teacher had everything well planned out, so I had a lot of reading time). There have been a few examples in the book that seem very overgeneralized and I have to admit I felt annoyed a few times. I'm left to wonder after reading it how much merit some of these theories have (I mean is it possible that thes ...more
Michelle
Jul 01, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Dr. Sax outlines in detail five factors that he claims are responsible for disengaging boys from school, life, and the real world of striving and achievement and loss. The five factors are 1) the feminization of the public school system, 2) video games, 3) medications for ADHD, 4) endocrine disruptors, and 5) the complex issues surrounding the transition from childhood to adulthood when so many positive role models for boys have been lost.

This was a fascinating book to read even if you don't en
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Marcus
Jan 13, 2009 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! If you have a young boy you owe it to them to read this book. I am amazed how much has changed since I grew up in the late 1970' and early 1980's. Author describes how factors such as 1). Changes in school curriculum 2). ADHD medicine 3). Video games 4). lack of male role models & 5). Estrogen products in the environment combine to drive boys to "check out" from the real world and kill their motivation. I certainly would have been diagnosed with Attention Deficeit Disorder if I was grow ...more
Marcus
Jan 29, 2009 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! If you have a young boy you owe it to them to read this book. I am amazed how much has changed since I grew up in the late 1970' and early 1980's. Author describes how factors such as 1). Changes in school curriculum 2). ADHD medicine 3). Video games 4). lack of male role models & 5). Estrogen products in the environment combine to drive boys to "check out" from the real world and kill their motivation.

The improved video game graphics and internet make for a perfect escape from a boring
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Rachel Terry
Oct 14, 2009 Rachel Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Excellent book! Dr. Sax makes a well-documented case for his 5-pronged theory of why modern American boys seem so unmotivated. I found some of his reasons surprising, but after reading his reasoning, they make sense. I was a little skeptical of the phthalates connection, but after doing a little outside research, it seems that he's spot on.

The writing is fluid and conversational, and I like his writing voice because it's fair and measured. My only complaint about this book is that I wish he woul
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Jocie
Nov 05, 2010 Jocie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coed education, video games, ritalin, toxins, no role models- oh my!

Trying to raise young MEN in our current culture? What makes a real man? NOT someone who is still living off of his parents of wife so he can lounge around, it seems most people are in agreement upon that... The IQ of young men has been dropping since the 90's, while 'failure to launch' has doubled. Why?

This book gives a lot of food for thought, and is research-based. I am not convinced about the toxins yet (maybe I don't know w
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Brian
Dec 17, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Excellent book by a PhD researcher, and family physician about some of the headwinds affecting boys today.

The author focuses on five main areas, backed by research, that show what is contributing to boys not reaching their potential today:
1) Video Games. Studies suggest that some of the most popular video games are disengaging boys from real-world pursuits.

2) Teaching Methods. Profound changes in the way children are educated have had the unintended consequence of turning many boys off school
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Eileen Holt
Nov 15, 2013 Eileen Holt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously a MUST read for anyone with sons. This book was very thought provoking. I felt the author was a reliable source based on both his research and personal experience.
My husband and I even purchased this book to use as a reference.
Boys Adrift isn't "how-to" parenting book. It brings up many issues that parents need to think about, ranging from ADHD medications, gaming, what motivates boys, and pornography.
Ido
Oct 06, 2015 Ido rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A man who cares about himself, A parent of a boy.
צפו בסיקור המקיף!

בוייז אדריפט מדבר על סוגיית חוסר המוטיבציה הגברית בשנים האחרונות, מציג את הסיבות
מעניק את התשובות - ופותר את הבעיה. ספר מאוד פרקטי, שמדבר על מה שקורה בבתי הספר
היום ובגנים מתן דגש על הצלחה אקדמית ושיכחון הצורך באינטראקציה על בסיס יומי עם העולם.
גם אם הילד אומר שהוא לא רוצה לשחק בחוץ – זה לא בגלל שהוא לא רוצה לשחק, וצריך לפענח
את הבעיה לפני שהוא מוצא את הצורך שלו באינטראקציה - בעולם הווירטואלי שהיום הוא יותר
מציאותי מאי פעם. ברמה הפיזיולוגית משחקי המחשב משנים את האזור שמחבר בין המוטי
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Joseph Whitt
Boys Adrift attempts to identify the major factors to the growing problem of unmotivated boys. I pretty much just said the title of the book, didn't I? Well, that's what the book is about. In a nutshell, Dr. Sax believes that five factors are having a real and lasting effects on our male youths:

1. An inadequate elementary education system.
2. Video Games
3. Improper use of ADHD medications and the like
4. Endocrine disruption in our environment
5. Lack of positive male role models

Not much about this
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Emily
Sep 24, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I found this book interesting and informative. Sax explains with research why boys today are unmotivated and underachieving. Some chapters were more interesting to me than others, but the whole book was definitely worthwhile to anyone raising boys.

Here are my notes: don't start boys in kinder until they are ready (they will enjoy learning more and be more successful), boys need to have more experiential/hands on learning experiences (not in front of a computer), they need more contact with natur
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Buchdoktor
Dec 31, 2015 Buchdoktor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leonard Sax wird bei Eltern, die Söhne und Töchter haben, offene Türen einlaufen. Eltern beobachten seit langem, dass Mädchen zielstrebige, motivierte Schülerinnen sind, die aus Sympathie zur Lehrerin lernen, während ihre Brüder im vergleichbaren Alter Probleme haben, in der Schule still zu sitzen und schließlich verkünden, dass ein normaler Junge sich eben nicht für Schule interessiert. Zehn Jahre später hat die unkomplizierte Schülerin ein Studium beendet, während der Bruder sich zwar der Aner ...more
Walt
Oct 17, 2012 Walt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the name Eddy, perhaps you can imagine why I got interested in being adrift. You know, swirling around, unanchored, etc.

Anyway, I read BOYS ADRIFT recently, after my brother-in-law finished it. He seemed to like it, thought it had direct application.

My boys are grown up and men now. That doesn't necessarily mean they're totally moored, but it does mean the responsibility, even any deleterious consequences to themselves and others therefrom if they're not, has more or less shifted entirely
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Jeff
Jan 08, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after reading Leonard Sax's similar book on girls called 'Girls on the Edge' so I knew what I was getting into. I read this one because I appreciated the other so immensly.

I think that every parent of boys should read this book. I wish that my wife and I had discovered it before we started having kids at all. It lays out 5 things that studies seem to show are having a significant impact on why boys may be unmotivated and have the "failure to launch" scenario.

Seriously, if you ha
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Shannon
Apr 20, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting read. Dr. Sax outlines five factors which are leading to underachieving boys: schools (specifically, kindergarten today being like grade one 30 years ago and coed classrooms); video games; environmental toxins which mimic estrogen (such as BPA); prescription drugs (prescribed to test a diagnosis of ADHD); and a lack of male role models and rites of passage into manhood.

While the book focuses mainly on explaining the problems, there is some advice about how to deal
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Keri
Jan 05, 2014 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was skeptical about reading this, because so many "scientific" books don't have a lot of meat to back up their claims. I was pleasantly surprised at the sound science and common sense of this book. Well written and well documented, I think everyone would benefit from reading this book, even if you disagree with the content. For me, Leonard Sax just hit the nail on the head. Although some things scared me near to death, in the end I felt hopeful, inspired, and better equipped to help my sons ri ...more
Gina
Jan 15, 2016 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have four boys. They have their issues, but they are pretty great. I am feeling optimistic that they are going to launch, at least the three oldest that I have a better read on. In fact, making sure they launch is like the main goal of my husband and my lives right now. "How can we be sure that all these children leave our house on or very shortly after their 18th birthday?" we say. "And take all their things with them?" I would feel extremely concerned if my boys were not on a path that seeme ...more
Erin
May 13, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me a little worried but also it wasn't anything I hadn't already observed. He didn't blame the feminist movement at all but it is clear that as women have gained access to more and more opportunities they need men less and less and the men seem to be fine with not needing to do much. Also he gave some interesting insights on education for boys and my dark nemesis: video games! The reasons for this lack of motivation are clearly laid out, I'm just not as sure about the cure.
Patrick Hamblin
Dec 30, 2012 Patrick Hamblin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Absolutely fascinating book on the development of boys in this country, their lack of motivation, and why boys are not becoming men. I highly recommend that any man read this book, especially if he has a son.

As a Christian, the ultimate priority is that our boys learn to be like Christ. This is a secular book that will not teach one how to do that. However, this book looks at many issues that are affecting boys in the church, and addresses those accurately for the most part.
Yolanda
The author is and M.D. and a PH.D. He researched and finds compelling evidence for same-sex education. While an interesting read, I think there are many factors to consider regarding our children. It is the parents difficult job to raise positive, productive, happy, holy kids, in a world that overall seems to have become laissez-faire. As parents we always need to have faith and hope in our children, see each child's need and try to do the right thing.
Jim Hale
Feb 02, 2014 Jim Hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: raising-kids
Don't read this if you don't want to hear some hard truths about the dismal (and getting worse all the time) state of boys in our country. This book is indeed disturbing and alarming, but if the recommendations are heeded, it can also be a great tool for healing what has gone so wrong. I wish I had read it many years ago. I'm seeing so many of the factors in my pre-teen son and it scares the hell out of me. Actually, I think many of the problems started decades ago, thus I am one of the struggli ...more
Maribel
Dec 20, 2008 Maribel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best explanation of the growing phenomenon of "man-boy" I have read. It's alarming what are society is encouraging that creates this serious epidemic of boys that never grow up into men.
Beckarado
This book opened my eyes to some of the things that are impacting boys (and girls) today. As I read the book which goes through 5 items impacting boys, some of them are not as big of issues to our boys as maybe other boys. 1-I don't allow my boys to spend hours and hours on their electronics. I monitor them and make them find non screen activities to break up their time. 2-I feel that our religion has milestones for the boys to work toward and fulfill in taking the steps to becoming a man. They ...more
Rebecca Mckenzie
This may very well be the best non-fiction parenting related book I have ever read! On the cover, Dr. Mehmet Oz says, "A must-read for any parent of boys." and I wholeheartedly agree! In fact, I would go so far as to say that parents of girls should read it too. After all, you may want to prepare your daughters for what to expect of their future mates! Dr. Leonard Sax covers many different aspects factoring into the development of the unmotivated and underachieving boys these days from changes i ...more
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Leonard Sax is an American psychologist and family physician. He is the author of Why Gender Matters (Doubleday, 2005; revised edition to be published in 2017); Boys Adrift: the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men (Basic Books, 2007; revised edition, 2016); Girls on the Edge (Basic Books, 2010); and The Collapse of Parenting (Basic Books, 2015 ...more
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“The destructive effects of video games are not on boys' cognitive abilities or their reaction times, but on there motivation and their connectedness with the real world.” 6 likes
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