Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development / Edition 1

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Overview

Their haunting images appear on millions of television screens and in newspapers worldwide: Children huddled in refugee camps and exposed to violence in war zones. Children burdened by the emotional and physical scars of violent homes and communities. Children exploited by crass commercialism around the world and around the corner. Too many children are confronting life-threatening risks and experiencing trauma.

Synthesizing insights from psychology and philosophy with his own wide-ranging, first-hand experiences around the world, Dr. James Garbarino takes readers on a personalized journey into the dark side of human experience as it is lived by children. In these highly readable pages, Dr. Garbarino intertwines a discussion of children’s material and spiritual needs with a detailed examination of the clinical knowledge and experiential wisdom required to understand and meet complex developmental needs. Fusing anecdotal observations, empirical evidence, and an ecological perspective, he reveals a path to ensuring the fundamental human rights of all children: the right to safety, to equality, to economic parity, and to a meaningful life.

Dr. Garbarino’s challenge to his readers: If we are to succeed in making a lasting, positive change in the lives of children, we must be willing to rethink the concepts of development, trauma, and resilience. Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience is must-reading for all mental health professionals, educators, researchers, social workers, child advocates, and policymakers – in fact, for anyone who takes an interest in the well-being and future of the world’s children.

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"This short book about children in difficult circumstances is sensitively expressed, thought provoking, and highly readable. … The book reads more like a memoir than a scientific report. … There are many jewels in this book. … an essential book for everyone interested in promoting the well-being of children. … Those who are beginning to work in this field will be well briefed on the importance of sensitivity and caring but also of making interventions based on theory, research, and cultural knowledge." (Judith L. Gibbons, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (41), 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387756257
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 4/3/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. James Garbarino is Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children and holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, and from 1985-1994 he was President of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or adviser to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. In 1991, he undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War on children in Kuwait and Iraq and has served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian, and Croatian children.

Books he has authored or edited include: See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006), And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence (2002); Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child's Life (2001); Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999); Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment (1995); Let’s Talk About Living in a World with Violence (1993); Towards a Sustainable Society: An Economic, Social and Environmental Agenda for Our Children (1992); Children in Danger: Coping With The Consequences of Community Violence (1992); Children and Families in the Social Environment, Second edition (1992); Saving Children: A Guide to Injury Prevention (1991); What Children Can Tell Us (1989); No Place To Be A Child: Growing Up In A War Zone (1991); Special Children/Special Risks: The Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (1987); The Psychologically Battered Child (1986); Troubled Youth, Troubled Families (1986); Adolescent Development: An Ecological Perspective (1985); Social Support Networks (1983); Successful Schools and Competent Students (1981); Understanding Abusive Families (1980; Second Edition, 1997); and Protecting Children From Abuse and Neglect (1980).

Dr. Garbarino serves as a consultant to television, magazine, and newspaper reports on children and families, and, in 1981, he received the Silver Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for co-authoring "Don’t Get Stuck There: A Film on Adolescent Abuse." In 1985, he collaborated with John Merrow to produce "Assault on the Psyche," a videotaped program dealing with psychological abuse. He also serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children.

The National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect honored Dr. Garbarino in 1985 with its first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. In 1975, Dr. Garbarino was named a Spencer Fellow by the National Academy of Education and, in 1981, named a National Fellow by the Kellogg Foundation. In 1979, and again in 1981, he received the Mitchell Prize from the Woodlands Conference on Sustainable Societies. In 1987, he was elected President of the American Psychological Association's Division on Child, Youth and Family Services. In 1988, he received the American Humane Association’s Vincent De Francis Award for nationally significant contributions to child protection. In 1989, he received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service, and in 1992, the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues prize for research on child abuse. In 1993, he received the Brandt F. Steele Award from the Kempe National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and in 1994 the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child, Youth and Family Services’ Nicholas Hobbs Award. Also in 1994, he received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics. In 1995, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by St. Lawrence University. In 1999, he received the Humanitarian Award from the University of Missouri’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma. In 2000, he received the President’s Celebrating Success Award from the National Association of School Psychologists, and, in 2003, the Outstanding Service to Children Award of the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- How Can We Think About Children Confronting the Dark Side of Human Experience?.- The Right to Feel Safe: Trauma and Recovery.- The Right to a Healthy Social Environment: Protecting Children from Social Toxicity.- The Right to Protection: Child Abuse is the Root of Much Evil.- The Right to Be Free From Hate: Protecting Voices of Compassion in Times of War and Political Violence.- The Right to Be Economically “Regular”: What it Means to Be Desperately Poor.- The Right to Equality: No Girl Left Behind.- Home and Homeland: Displaced Children and Youth.- The Right to Priority in Times of War: Would You Torture One Child to Bring World Peace?.- The Right to Heal: When Traumatized Kids Need Help to Recover.- References.- Subject Index.

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