Is It More Than Boys Being Boys?

Two pop-psychology books offer parents help in handling their sons

Until Kip Kinkel opened fire on his schoolmates in Springfield, Ore., in May, everyone thought he was just a regular kid. A little angry, maybe, with a gruesome sense of humor. Mostly, just a boy. But even before the frantic second-guessing over the tragedy began came two books to suggest that boys being boys--or what the world tries to make of boys--may have been a big part of the problem.

Michael Gurian, a Spokane, Wash., therapist and author of A Fine Young Man, and Harvard psychiatry professor William Pollack, author of Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood,...

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