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NCJ Number: 93378 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Teens
Corporate Author: CBS News
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: CBS News
New York, NY 10019
Films, Inc
Wilmette, IL 60091
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Films, Inc
1213 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film portrays the family situation of a 16-year-old abused teen and her successful attempt at finding help for her family and herself through Parents Anonymous and a therapy group for teens.
Abstract: Although teenagers constitute approximately 15 percent of all abuse victims, they have had little recourse for assistance. In the case at hand, a girl endured 16 years of beatings by her father before reporting the offenses. In the family situation described through interviews with the mother, father, and two daughters, the abusing father was expressing his anger according to abusive patterns he had learned in his own childhood. The mother was fearful and too ashamed to seek any form of help. Both daughters were intimidated and unwilling to incriminate their father. After having participated for 2 years in Parents Anonymous, both parents could attest to the usefulness of self-help therapy in learning to control themselves and improve their family situation. A segment showing a session of the teen group organized by the daughter with the cooperation of social welfare authorities illustrates both the psychological effects of abuse on teenage girls and the types of therapy (i.e., role playing, sharing experiences) employed under the guidance of a counselor. Contacting Parents Anonymous or school counselors is the procedure recommended for abused teens in need of help.
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Family offenses; Group therapy; Psychological victimization effects; Self-help programs
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