Alienated Youth

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Emphasis on Alienation of Young Pleople

New Element in The Classic Tevolt of Youth

Rebelliousness in youth is something most adults can take in stride. Decades of popular psychology have taught them to expect resistance to adult controls during adolescence. Each new generation of young people now is expected to set its own style of living with little interference from its elders. Many of the older generations were themselves young rebels in their day. Grandparents in the 1960s were, after all, the “flaming youth” of the 1920s. Young people today therefore enjoy an unusual, possibly an unprecedented, degree of adult forbearance for their sometimes antic efforts to assert their own identity.

Many persons nevertheless sense something new and troubling in the breakaway of today's youth. The new ...

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