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Pfeffer, A.E. (1967). Sex and the College Student: Report No. 60. New York: Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, 1965. 129 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 36:304-305.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:304-305

Sex and the College Student: Report No. 60. New York: Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, 1965. 129 pp.

Review by:
Arnold E. Pfeffer

This volume on problems of sex in late adolescence and young adulthood, particularly as these relate to the experience of college, is addressed primarily to deans and other college officers; it should also interest psychiatrists and other counselors who work with college students as well as parents, teachers, and the students.

The report draws on the pooled clinical and administrative experience of a group of nine psychiatrists, consultants, and college administrators who have worked with students in college health services, in private practice, or in research. The perspective of the psychoanalytically oriented psychiatrist who has a medical responsibility for students but who also acts as consultant in matters of administrative or educational policy is carefully considered.

In Part I, the development and integration of sexuality in the personality, stressing in particular the developmental tasks of late adolescence and the interrelated aspects of sexuality and intellectual development, is described. This is discussed in nontechnical language using psychoanalytic concepts. An appendix gives a brief description of the psychoanalytic approach to the dynamics of sexual development. Part II, Sexual Issues on the Campus, describes and discusses from a developmental point of view types of sexual activity encountered on the campus and some of the issues these raise for college authorities. The topics discussed include heterosexual and homosexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy and abortion, deviations, and faculty-student relationships and sex education at the college level.

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