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Roscoe A. was eight years old when psychologist Eric Bermann first met him and his family. In kindergarten Roscoe was considered highly creative, but he was also evaluated by his teachers as a potentially dangerous and destructive child capable of uncontrolled aggression toward other children. His parents denied the report. To them, Roscoe was a quiet, well-behaved boy. In ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by University of Michigan Press
(first published 1973)
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A scholarly study of a middle child turned from bright and creative to aggressive and adrift by the hauntingly systematic targeting his family subjects him to. Rather than discuss or openly acknowledge that the father's health is precarious, "Roscoe" is blamed for all the stress and upheaval in such underhanded and insidious fashion that it made me heartsick to continue. What kept me coming back to finish was the compassion and insights of author Bermann. American society has hardly improved in ...more