In this text, Mary Polce-Lynch draws on the latest research, including her extensive studies, to help parents understand why so many open and expressive boys turn into uncommunicative adolescents. Building on interventions developed in her clinical practice, the author provides parents with practical everyday strategies to help their sons develop a full range of emotional awareness and expression.
Mary Polce-Lynch, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor at Randolph-Macon College and in private practice counseling families with Westhampton Family Psychologists in Richmond, Virginia. She lives in Ashland, Virginia. Michael Gurian (foreword) is a family therapist and educator and the author of fourteen books. He lives in Spokane, Washington. While other titles on this subject offer a variety of cultural or biological theories to explain why boys behave as they do, Boy Talk is based on solid developmental research and offers concrete strategies that parents can use to promote healthy emotional expression. Although the main audience for this book is the parents of boys from childhood through postadolescence, we all expect it to be of interest to parents of younger boys and to school psychologists and counselors, caregivers, and mental health professionals who deal with children and families.