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Makman, M. (1989). Adolescent Psychiatry. XIII, 1986: The Adolescent, the Family, and the Culture of Narcissism: A Psychoanalytic Commentary. Donald R. Rinsley. Pp. 7-28.. Psychoanal Q., 58:168.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Adolescent Psychiatry. XIII, 1986: The Adolescent, the Family, and the Culture of Narcissism: A Psychoanalytic Commentary. Donald R. Rinsley. Pp. 7-28.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:168

Adolescent Psychiatry. XIII, 1986: The Adolescent, the Family, and the Culture of Narcissism: A Psychoanalytic Commentary. Donald R. Rinsley. Pp. 7-28.

Marianne Makman

Rinsley warns us that this lead article of this volume may please some and offend others. He suggests that sociocultural changes in the 1960's and 1970's, including the demystification of heroes and traditions, feminism, civil rights movements, pseudomutuality with blurring of boundaries of authority and gender roles, even environmentalism, have produced "dysfunctional" families which in turn produce troubled adolescents unable to successfully negotiate separation-individuation. He believes that the "dethronement" of the male, the "challenges to white male authority," in our society have made healthy maturation difficult. He seems to call for a return to a "tradition" which is represented by a religious two-parent family, with mother maintaining the "nest," father protecting it, and both parents clearly and authoritatively transmitting values and sex-roles to their children. I would agree that this one-sided view is indeed controversial.

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Makman, M. (1989). Adolescent Psychiatry. XIII, 1986. Psychoanal. Q., 58:168

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