Stigma is prejudice, and harmful to children2 votes
Stigma victimizes the victimes
Stigmatization, blame, judgment… It only takes a few individuals to harm a child or family with their words, but it takes a whole society to allow it. In this article, I’m going to present recent research on the negative stereotyping of families and children with mental disorders, and share stories from families I know. I hope readers will be empowered to speak out against this form of prejudice and mobilized into changing our society’s attitudes.
Things that protect troubled girls from delinquency1 votes
Both boys and girls get in trouble with the law. Boys are in the majority for arrests for crime, but statistics indicate that girls’ arrests are increasing: “…between 1996 and 2005, girls’ arrest for simple assault increased 24%.” Of 1528 girls studied over a period from 1992 and 2008, 22% committed serious property offenses and 17 % committed serious assaults. (Girls Study Group, U.S. Department of Justice, 2008. www.ojp.usdoj.gov).
Troubled girls easily become criminal, but also risk being a victim
Girls who have behavioral disorders, from addictions or … Continue reading
Gang up on your kids: Parent networks for tracking at-risk children.3 votes
An article in the local paper told the story of a mother who desperately tried to get help for her son to keep him out of a gang. Yet he became a victim of a drive-by shooting and was in intensive care for days, but he lived. In the article, she said something I’m very familiar with; she said other parents never told her what they suspected, nor let her know if her son was at their house when he ran away. Just knowing her son’s whereabouts could have helped her intercept dangerous activities. Like her, I never … Continue reading
Call 911 – Make a crisis plan for your troubled child2 votes
Don’t let your family become emotionally battered when your troubled child or teen goes through one crisis after another. It’s the last thing your family needs—more stress and exhaustion! Since your main job as a parent or caregiver is to reduce stress, you must manage the inevitable emergencies in a way that quickly settles down your family, as well as get help for your child. Are you prepared to head off a crisis when you see one coming? Does your family have … Continue reading
The Troubled Teen Industry – A warning about boarding schools and outdoor camps2 votes
There is a troubled teen industry out there—boarding schools, outdoor programs, and “boot camps” that are not licensed, not certified, and not experienced with youth with disorders. Maybe you’ve seen the ads that promise to improve your teen’s behavior in the back of some magazines. They promise that their program will “fix” your child. They promise that your teen will learn important lessons about respect and about following your rules. There are quotes from satisfied parents about how the program saved their teen’s life, but you can’t contact them. The ads claim that staff are … Continue reading