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NCJ Number: 122215 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Hug-A-Bears
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:37  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:57-59
Author(s): R Hildreth
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
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Annotation: The Hug-A-Bear -- a small, cuddly teddy bear a child can clutch during or immediately following a traumatic event -- is carried by many police officers, paramedics, and firemen in Minnesota and North Dakota to give to children under stress that they may encounter in their work.
Abstract: The Hug-A-Bear was created by Twyla Hinneberg, a member of the Telephone Pioneers' Western Plains Club at Ortonville, Minn. Members of the Western Plains Club make the bear (one can be made in 2 hours). The eyes and noses meet Federal standards so they cannot be pulled off by the children. Police officers carry bears in their cars to use when they encounter stressful situations involving children. Officers who have used the bears report that children have felt comforted and secure when they are given the bears. Situations where the bears have proven useful have been when children experience physical injury, molestation, a terrifying experience, physical or psychological abuse, and fear for a loved one.
Main Term(s): Police juvenile relations
Index Term(s): Child victims; Minnesota; North Dakota; Victim services
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