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Volume 97, Number 4


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John Addleman
Understanding your children better

The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls—both books by Michael Gurian—are filled with stories and information designed to help the reader understand the inner workings of boys and girls by explaining how biology and culture together impact the development of both male and female adolescents.

Readers should be aware, however, that some criticize Gurian for coming dangerously close to a position that suggests that “biology is destiny.” While I do not believe this is his position, he certainly does place a strong emphasis on the biological differences between boys and girls and how biology impacts development. These books are very readable, engaging, and often fun. While most readers will find some points with which they disagree, most will also find many points which will help them better understand their children.

—John Addleman is a professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology.

John Addleman began his career at Messiah College as a residence hall director in 1983. After several years in that position, he joined the teaching faculty in 1988. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland in 1990.

 “My favorite aspect of teaching at Messiah,” says Addleman, “is the opportunity to get to know and work with students. I enjoy my time in the classroom, teaching larger groups, but especially enjoy developing relationships with students and colleagues outside of the classroom.”


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