Ephebiphobia: fear of teenagers

December 15, 2008 at 8:24 am (Uncategorized)

First coined as the “fear and loathing of teenagers,” today the phenomenon is recognized as the “inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization of young people” in a variety of settings around the world. Sociologist Ray Oldenburg has attributed the generation gap and the “increasing segregation of youth from adults in American society” to “adult estrangement and fear of youth.” Fear of youth and their rejection is often disguised in a permissive attitude toward them.

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