Gerald Jones was born in a suburb of Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1940s, and lived in that area until his retirement in 2007. After graduation (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from university in the mid-1960s with a major in Music and a minor in Latin, he spent a "gap decade" in various positions and situations (including unemployment) until the State of California changed its rules on graduate fellowships and allowed renewals of annual stipends up to four years. He took advantage of this opportunity, was granted a fellowship, and completed his Master of Science in Education degree in 1978 with a thesis titled "Early Assessment of Atypical Psychosexual Development".
Also in the mid-1970s, Gerald Jones held a private-school teaching position (Latin and Music, 1976-1980) and began a 16-year part-time career (1976-1992) as a professional singer in the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Roger Wagner Chorale.
In 1980, Gerald Jones began the last phase of his graduate work and earned the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1985 with a specialization in Human Development and a secondary specialization in Counseling. His dissertation bears the title "The Development of Intimate Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence". While earning that degree, and in the year after its completion, he was a teaching assistant and then instructor of Women's Studies (now usually referred to as 'gender studies') at two universities, and from 1986-1990 was a fellow in a university-based women's-studies research institute.
The process of socialization, particularly through mentoring and apprenticeship (literal and figurative), has been central to his writing and research. He coined the term "Intergenerational Intimacy" in two conference presentations in 1986 and 1987, and his term was used in the title of a book (originally a full two issues of the Journal of Homosexuality) in which his article "The study of intergenerational intimacy in North America: Beyond politics and pedophilia" was published. The term refers primarily to the social, non-sexual, committed interaction and friendship between pre-adults and adults.
The focus of Gerald Jones's writing and research has been on male interaction (boys and men) such as that institutionalized in the Scouting movement, the YMCA, Big Brothers, and all-male primary and secondary schools. At the same time, his work in gender studies at the university level as a feminist teacher and scholar has led him continually to encourage women scholars and writers to parallel that work with studies and writings about socialization processes involving girls and women, and all scholars to continue to study all socialization processes, same-sex as well as cross-sex.
Gerald Jones's professional career crystallized in 1986 when he took a position as statistics software specialist in the computing center at his alma mater. He was listed in "Who's Who in America" in 2002 and following years as a software educator, and is a certified SAS software programmer.
In 2007, upon his retirement from his position after 21 years, he established a website which he dubbed as his "Exit Interview" (Exitinterview.biz ), where he makes available full-text copies of rare journals from the mid-to-late 20th century (along with an index he constructed for the archive as well as an historical overview); a collection of quotations gathered over several decades; his own thoughts in journal format; and other documents and features that he trusts will be useful to the generations to follow.
Articles and publications (chronological order)
Where have all the fathers gone? Films and Filming, Vol.20 No.9, pp. 22-27 (June) and No.10, pp. 22-28 (July), 1974.
Counseling gay adolescents. Counselor Education and Supervision, Vol.18 No.2, pp. 144-152, December 1978.
Using early assessment of prehomosexual boys as a counseling tool: An exploratory investigation. Journal of Adolescence, Vol.4, pp. 231-238, 1981.
The social study of pederasty: In search of a literature base: An annotated bibiography of sources in English. Journal of Homosexuality, Vol.8 No.1, pp. 61-95, Fall 1982.
Book Reviews of Paedophilia: The Radical Case by Tom O'Carroll, and Adult Sexual Interest in Children by Mark Cook and Kevin Howells (Editors). Journal of Homosexuality, Vol.9 No.4, pp. 95-102, Summer 1984.
The Tutor as Counselor. Journal of Developmental Education, Vol.8 No.1, pp. 12-13,25-26, 1984.
The Development of Intimate Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California, 1985.
Male intergenerational intimacy: Enhancing future alliances through the transmission of anti-sexist values. Paper presented on 14 February 1987 at the conference "The New Gender Scholarship: Women's and Men's Studies", Los Angeles, California, 13-15 February 1987.
Intergenerational intimacy involving children or adolescents: Developmental research and theory. Paper presented at the Jemez Springs Symposium, "Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents", Jemez Springs, New Mexico, 29 June - 3 July 1987.
(with second author Carol Nagy Jacklin) Changes in sexist attitudes toward women during introductory women's and men's studies courses. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Vol.18 No.9/10, pp. 611-622, May 1988.
(with second author Myron H. Dembo) Age and sex role differences in intimate friendships during childhood and adolescence. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Vol.35 No.4, pp. 445-462, October 1989.
The boy is father to the man: A men's studies exploration of intergenerational interaction. Men's Studies Review, Vol.7 No.1, pp. 9-13, Winter 1990.
The study of intergenerational intimacy in North America: Beyond politics and pedophilia. In Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma and Alex van Naerssen (Editors), Male Intergenerational Intimacy: Historical, Socio-Psychological and Legal Perspectives. New York: Haworth Press, 1991.
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