Childhood Lost

Childhood Lost

How American Culture Is Failing Our Kids

Book - 2005
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A disturbing look at American culture today and how it is connected to increasing numbers of children who are physically or mentally ill, obese, sexualized, violent, or neurologically and learning impaired.
Experts from across disciplines join forces here to focus attention on current American culture and the devastating effects it is having on its children. From children developing surprising physical maturity and sexual awareness at younger and younger ages, to those estranged when television and computer screens replace family time, and those warped by national junk food/fast food habits bringing an explosion of obesity and diabetes among boys and girls, this book takes a harsh look at the results of American social norms. The damage being done by governmental policies is examined, including inadequate parental leave, a minimum wage that is not a living wage, unregulated day care, and a public education system that delivers inferior education to poor children. A call to action, this is a work from some of the best-known child experts nationwide. Every person who has or cares about a child will find this of interest.

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Olfman, a clinical psychologist and professor of developmental psychology at Point Park University, presents ten essays that raise an alarm about the consequences of accepted social norms for American children. The contributors address the impact of media violence, premature sexualization, commercialization and governmental policies, such as parental leave, minimum wage and the public education system. Each essay offers both observations of appalling circumstances and practical solutions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
ISBN: 9780275981396
Branch Call Number: 306.8509 CHILD
Characteristics: xiv, 226 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Olfman, Sharna


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