The Boy Crisis

Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

by Warren Farrell , John Gray, PHD

Number of pages: 368

Publisher: BenBella Books

BBB Library: Parenting

ISBN: 978-1942952718

About the Authors

Warren Farrell : Warren Farrell, PhD, is the author of books published in 17


John Gray, PHD : John Gray, PhD, is the author of Men Are from Mars,


Editorial Review

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—are 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 Many bright boys are experiencing a “purpose void,” feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.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.

Book Reviews

“But the most powerful moments of the book are the sections where they use the evidence, of which there is plenty, to remind us that boys have a unique and valuable contribution to make. While the book’s diagnosis of the underlying causes of the problem and prescriptions for addressing it leave something to be desired, The Boy Crisis is nonetheless a solid contribution to a much-needed discussion.” – National Review

“This is a warm and instructive wake-up call of a book - ‘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.” – San Francisco Review of Books

“Warren Farrell and John Gray document the toll that father deprivation has taken on our children — especially boys.” – Medium

“Don’t miss this awesome tour de force wherein two very different authors, each with amazing experience and wonderful authorial prowess, marshall their collective forces and achieve more together than either could achieve on his own.” – Men Activism

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Wisdom to Share

When our very survival is dependent on our sons’ willingness to die, sensitivity to the suffering of boys and men is in competition with our survival instinct.

If Grandpa wasn’t educated, he probably supported his family with his muscle. But your son will enter an economy that has made a transition from muscle to mental.

If your son has the personality of a pioneer with nurturing instincts, encourage him to weigh the trade-offs of being a full-time dad.

Dad-deprivation stems primarily from the lack of father involvement, and secondarily from devaluating what a father contributes when he is involved.

Teaching a child to treat boundaries seriously teaches them to respect the needs of others.

If children live in separate homes, proximity to the other parent has been found to be the single most important factor determining a child’s likelihood of success.

The parents should live close enough to each other that the child does not need to forfeit friends or activities to see either parent.

When counseling time is always be on the calendar, couples tend to save what bothers them for that calmer and more centered time rather than get into arguments whenever they are most triggered.

Traditional heroic intelligence is about taking care of others; health intelligence is about taking care of self.

The new hero knows that he takes better care of others when he takes better care of himself. Healed people heal people.