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NCJ Number: 67072 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL CONTEXT OF CHILD ABUSE
Corporate Author: Cornell University Film Library
United States of America
Project Director: A L R WILSON
Date Published: 1976
Sponsoring Agency: Cornell University Film Library
Ithaca, NY 14853
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Publication Number: ADM 42-74-36 (SM)
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Cornell University Film Library
55 Judd Falls Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: INTENDED FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE, THIS FILM IDENTIFIES AND ILLUSTRATES THE SOCIAL NORMS THAT PROMOTE AND PERPETUATE THE PHENOMENON OF CHILD ABUSE IN OUR SOCIETY.
Abstract: A CHILD ABUSE SERVICES WORKER AT A CHILDREN'S ABUSE CENTER DISCUSSES THE FAMILIAR TENSIONS EXPERIENCED BY ALL MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY ASPIRING TO LIVE UP TO ITS VALUES. FOR SOME, AN UNFORTUNATE COMPOUNDING OF FAILURES RESULTS IN FRUSTRATIONS AND ANGERS THAT FIND EXPRESSION THROUGH VIOLENCE UPON THEIR CHILDREN. HIGH PARENTAL EXPECTATIONS IN CHILDHOOD, SEVERE CRITICISM, MISLEADING MATERIAL GOALS, AND WORK DISSATISFACTION CAUSE AND PERPETUATE LOW INDIVIDUAL SELF-ESTEEM. COMPETITIVENESS, THE FOUNDATION OF OUR SOCIETY, BREEDS DISREGARD FOR THE COMMON GOOD, ISOLATION, AND FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY THAT FIND AN OUTLET THROUGH MISPLACED ANGER AND ABUSE, CHANNELED DOWN TO SOMEONE LESS POWERFUL BY STATUS, RACE, SEX, OR AGE. THE DEFENSELESS CHILD IS VICTIMIZED AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS POWER STRUCTURE. THE CHILDRENS' ABUSE CENTER WORKS FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE OF CHILD ABUSE AND ITS CAUSES. THE STAFF SERVES THE COMMUNITY BY HELPING ABUSING PARENTS REGAIN THEIR SELF-RESPECT. AS THE NARRATOR DISCUSSES THE ABOVE IDEAS, THE FILM SHOWS FAMILIAR SETTINGS OF HOMES, SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES, AND NEIGHBORHOODS, WITH PEOPLE IN EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Audiovisual aids; Behavior under stress; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Films; Job pressure; Parent education; Socioculture
Note: 10 MINUTES, 16MM COLOR, 1976. RENTAL ALSO AVAILABLE.
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