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Adolescence and Purpose

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William Damon is one of the world's leading scholars on adolescence and human development. And when he looks around the world, he sees a growing problem.

It's not just that young adults don't know what they want to be when they grow up. It's not simply that they won't leave home. No, it's that and more: A growing trend of rudderlessness or purposeselessness.

But don't just throw your hands up and despair for America's youth, Damon says. Answer the wake-up call.

This hour, On Point: It's time to give the children a purpose.Guest:

William Damon, Director of the Stanford University's Center on Adolescence and author of "The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life."

This program aired on April 22, 2008.

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