History of Junipero Serra Boy's Club

Marjorie Helen Szendy, Fordham University


Every stage of human development is accompanied by its own problems. Perhaps this is more true of adolescence than of any other period, since the transition from childhood to adulthood involves more drastic changes in all phases, of the individual’s adjustment. The adolescent is faced, as Blos reminds us, with a double orientation-- to childhood and to adulthood. In addition, he is not only influenced by the external world in which he lives; he also must adapt himself to the constantly changing pressures of his society, which, as in times of economic depression or of war, may prolong or shorten the characteristic way of life of the period without regard for his readiness for change. Thus he may find himself unable to complete his emancipation or catapulted into an adult world of responsibilities which he is emotionally unprepared to meet. The problem of adjustment during adolescence assumes new significance when it is necessary for a youngster to be placed in foster care. The adolescent who has experienced satisfying early relationships with his parents and has developed normally up to this point is beginning to experiment more and more with his own potentialities in relation to his environment. With emotional and social maturation, his relationship.

Subject Area

Clinical psychology|Social work

Recommended Citation

Szendy, Marjorie Helen, "History of Junipero Serra Boy's Club" (1952). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557668.