A Social History of the New York Catholic Big Brothers, 1916–1951

Joseph Vincent Cotrone, Fordham University


Background of the Study. In the Big Brother movement recognition is made of the pivotal position occupied by the Big Brother in the intensive relationship of "man for boy" that obtains between the Big Brother and the Little Brother. Against the agency setting, the Big Brother role, thereby, takes on a clarity and a meaning; he offers to the troubled boy and the boy already in the delinquent state those wholesome and beneficent influences and examples that are lacking in the home and in the immediate environment. The boy sees in the Big Brother a reference point for his own physical and spiritual development and a deposit of human faith, understanding, and affection. The Big Brother will not fail to raise his voice and to work in preventive efforts for the provision of those community facilities providing for the total welfare of the boy.

Subject Area

Social work|Social research|Social studies education|American history

Recommended Citation

Cotrone, Joseph Vincent, "A Social History of the New York Catholic Big Brothers, 1916–1951" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724951.