NO SAFE PLACE

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Christina Crawford's devastating memoir Mommie Dearest (over 5,000,000 sold), first as book and later as Hollywood film, made the American public aware of violence in the family. In No Safe Place, drawing further on her personal story, but adding sociological research and case histories, the author shows how family violence is responsible for addictive behavior, depression, sleep disorders, chronic illness, suicide, delinquency, homelessness, and apparently "mindless" violent crime. A call to action, this ...
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Overview

Christina Crawford's devastating memoir Mommie Dearest (over 5,000,000 sold), first as book and later as Hollywood film, made the American public aware of violence in the family. In No Safe Place, drawing further on her personal story, but adding sociological research and case histories, the author shows how family violence is responsible for addictive behavior, depression, sleep disorders, chronic illness, suicide, delinquency, homelessness, and apparently "mindless" violent crime. A call to action, this impassioned book offers the hope that in facing the truth about our families we can save our society and ourselves.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After briefly describing episodes of childhood abuse previously recounted in her 1978 book Mommy Dearest, as well as her 1981 stroke and subsequent recovery, Crawford goes on to look at the various reactions of abused and neglected children. They cover, she notes, ``a wide range of dysfunctional behaviors.'' Very wide: homelessness, suicide, racism, overeating and unnecessary surgery are just a few of the 27 spokes on her ``survivor's wheel.'' Here she projects childhood trauma into almost every conceivable societal or personal evil. It's already a stretch to cover these myriad of ills in such a short space and the text is further thinned by tangential subjects. So while Crawford may be perfectly good and right, she is rarely new or substantive. (``Unsterile, shared needles and unprotected sexual encounters spread AIDS.'') Likewise, her recommendations are navely simplistic, whether on homelessness (``People with extra space in their homes could rent a room to someone who might otherwise end up on the street... Apartment projects could be cleaned up, organized for tenant self-government, and reclaimed from drug dealers.'') or alcoholism (``Books are plentiful. Help is readily available if one wants it.''). (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882681849
  • Publisher: Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 963,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: No Safe Place 1
Ch. 1 The Legacy of Family Violence 11
Ch. 2 The Survivor's Wheel 29
Ch. 3 Addictive Behavior 37
Alcoholism 40
Drug Addiction 45
Eating Disorders 49
Sex and Love Addictions 52
Addictions to Spending and Gambling 57
Workaholism 59
Addiction to Exercise 62
Religion 63
Ch. 4 Interpersonal Behavior 65
Few Friends 68
Lack of Intimacy 72
Many Marriages, or Broken Relationships 74
Abusive Parenting or Caretaking 80
Ch. 5 Overview: Destructive Social Behaviors 89
Racism 93
Sexism 97
Terrorism 101
Juvenile Delinquency 106
Crime 111
Homelessness 116
Ch. 6 Intrapersonal Behavior: Health 121
Suicide 125
Unnecessary Surgery 129
Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain 135
Reproduction 138
Anxiety, Panic, and Phobia 141
Sleep Disorders 145
Depression and Anger 147
Post Traumatic Stress and Multiple Personality 149
The Immune System 154
Conclusions and Recommendations 159
Notes 171
Bibliography 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    Save the Children

    Christina Crawford is a terrific writer and this book emphasizes the help that is needed for the neglected and abused children in our society today. No matter how many organized charities or community programs or human social service programs that are out there for neglected and abused children, Christina Crawford gets to the real point. There is still no safe place for children to "live" meaning sleep where they can really trust adults explicitly and completely. Christina Crawford's insight into the root causes of abuse is way ahead of her time and no one seems to really want to make a difference or listen to her simple answers. Children need to know they have someone to turn to, someone to trust and someone to care for them unconditionally without feeling that they will be used or abused. As a society, we need to wake up and tend to the real needs of children. To nurture them and give them a safe place to "be". The insensitivity of society and parents today is a tragedy. Thank you Christina for writing this powerful expose.

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