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NCJ Number: 67073 Find in a Library
Title: CHILD ABUSE - A PERSPECTIVE ON BEING A PARENT
Corporate Author: Cornell University
Family Life Development Ctr
United States of America
Project Director: B E HARDING
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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 and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
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: THIS FILM RECORDS SIX PARTIAL INTERVIEWS WITH CLIENTS OF ALLIANCE, A COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR TROUBLED MOTHERS.
Abstract: ALL THE PARTICIPANTS INTERVIEWED HAD BENEFITED FROM ALLIANCE SERVICES AND HAD FOUND WAYS TO COPE WITH THEMSELVES AND THEIR SITUATIONS. IN OFFERING RETROSPECTIVE COMMENTS ON FORMER BEHAVIOR, THE FIRST INTERVIEWS TESTIFIED TO THE DILEMMA OF THE BATTERING MOTHER, SUFFERING ISOLATION, SELF REPROACH, PITY FOR HER BABY, AND FEAR OF DISCOVERY. THE SECOND, MOTHER OF SEVERAL PRESCHOOL CHILDREN, DESCRIBED HER HOUSEHOLD DISORGANIZATION, HER LACK OF SELF-CONTROL, AND THE RESENTMENT SHE FELT TOWARD HER CHILDREN. IMPROVEMENTS RESULTED THROUGH THE ORGANIZING INFLUENCE OF AN ALLIANCE MOTHER'S AIDE, WHO TAUGHT THE FAMILY NEW BUDGETING, HOUSEKEEPING, AND COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS. ANOTHER YOUNG MOTHER SPOKE OF HER OWN TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD AS AN UNWANTED ORPHAN AND VICTIM OF SEX ABUSE AND NEGLECT, DETERMINED TO PROVIDE A SHELTERED LIFE FOR OWN CHILD. A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN TOLD OF HER STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE AND GIVE BIRTH IN THE DESTITUTE CIRCUMSTANCES FOLLOWING RELEASE FROM PRISON. A VIOLENT, ABUSING FATHER WAS DESCRIBED BY ANOTHER WHO EXPRESSED THE DESIRE TO BASE HER OWN PARENTING ON A BETTER MODEL. THE FINAL PARTICIPANT WHO HAD OVERCOME A SUICIDE ATTEMPT, A BROKEN MARRIAGE, AND PHYSICAL REJECTION OF HER CHILD, AFFIRMED A RENEWED ABILITY TO RESPECT HERSELF AND LOVE OTHERS.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child care services; Domestic relations; Family counseling; Family crisis; Films; Marital problems; Social service agencies
Note: 29 MINUTES, 16MM COLOR, 1977. RENTAL ALSO AVAILABLE.
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