The Breakfast Club

Utilizing Popular Film to Teach Adolescent Development


Under increasing pressures to teach an explosion of information, residency training programs need to look for effective and efficient ways to convey information. Utilizing films lends itself well to teaching about development and psychotherapy and has the advantage of being enjoyable to faculty and residents. In this article, the authors examine the film The Breakfast Club as a vehicle for teaching about multiple aspects of adolescent development, analyzing specific scenes of the film and their corresponding developmental themes.

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Kaye, D.L., Ets-Hokin, E. The Breakfast Club. Acad Psychiatry 24, 110–116 (2000).

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