One of the most important elements in present-day concern for the future of America is surely the welfare of the adolescent; in the hands of the teenagers of today lies the future of our country, in the home, in the armed services, in industry, business, education, and the Church. The Fordham Institute in Pastoral Psychology in 1961 addressed itself to the study of all facets of the life of the adolescent, bringing to bear all the resources of psychology, psychiatry, sociology, religion, social work, vocational guidance, law enforcement, and, perhaps most important of all, the human sympathy of wise men and women. The result of their discussions contained in this book highlights the all-important fact that adolescence is a time that cries for understanding. The teenager is trying to understand himself and his parents; too often today, his parents are far from understanding him; he is faced with the mysterious developments of his physical and emotional life; his craving for independence often runs counter to parental discipline and social pressures outside the home, too often, drive him, if not to delinquency, at least farther from the sources of help to be found in the home, the school, and the church. The resulting feeling of isolation creates much unhappiness. Unfortunately, this crisis comes at a time when vocational choice, so important for the whole life of the child, must be met and soundly determined. The learning and wisdom of this book will make it an invaluable asset for all parents and clergy, teachers, and doctors whose delicate task it is to bring today's youngsters through a trying period, to the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual maturity they must attain.