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WHAT IS THE BOY CRISIS?

It’s a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It’s a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.

It’s a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.

It’s a crisis of purpose. Boys’ old sense of purpose—being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner—is fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a “purpose void,” feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

Praise for The Boy Crisis

It’s impossible to read this book and not become a better parent, teacher, or thought leader.”
—MARCI SHIMOFF, bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

The Boy Crisis brilliantly explores the challenges facing our sons—and everyone. The sections on ADHD, the role of mothering and fathering, and developing boys’ health intelligence are priceless and life-changing.”
—SUZANNE SOMERS

“Drs. Farrell and Gray frighten and enlighten us in their brilliant analysis, insights, wisdom, and practical solutions to The Boy Crisis . . . essential reading for every parent, teacher, and policymaker.”
—PHILIP ZIMBARDO, PhD, former president of the American Psychological Association and Stanford University professor

“What The Feminine Mystique did for girls and women, The Boy Crisis does for boys and men. An eloquently written, compelling tour de force, The Boy Crisis presents a long overdue vision of boys’ self-worth, sense of purpose, and idea of heroism that will leave our boys happier, healthier, and better prepared to sustain love.”
—DR. RICHARD A. WARSHAK, author of Divorce Poison

“Arresting, alarming, and impeccably researched, The Boy Crisis is a must-read for every parent, educator, and policymaker who cares about the future of boys and girls.”
—MICHAEL G. THOMPSON, PhD, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Raising Cain

The Boy Crisis is the best book on boys, their struggles, and the causes and solutions. Its wisdom is profound, and its practical, everyday solutions are what every parent and teacher needs.”
—BARBARA NEMKO, PhD, Napa County Superintendent of Schools

The Boy Crisis is the most important book of the 21st century.”
—JED DIAMOND, PhD, author of The Irritable Male Syndrome

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