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ERIC Number: ED148459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 21
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Child Advocacy and Family Privacy.
Feshbach, Seymour; Feshbach, Norma Deitch
This paper discusses the issues involved in achieving a balance between a child's rights to protection and adequate care and a family's rights to privacy and autonomy. The paper advocates a shift from the current norm of privacy concerning parents' child rearing practices towards increased openness and freer community-family communication. In view of the increase in physical and psychological child abuse and increasing evidence that violence in the home is related to children's tendencies towards aggression and violence, the paper suggests that the society has a responsibility to concern itself with a family's socialization practices, particularly disciplinary practices. It is suggested that a change in this direction should come in the form of social rather than legal sanctions. Communication concerning socialization practices would then be encouraged through informational and educational programs, through increased availability of professional resources, and through increased community involvement. Intervention into an unhealthy family situation would be considered the responsibility of the community rather than an invasion of privacy. The paper suggests that a family's legal and psychological rights to privacy would not be compromised by the social sanctions for disclosure and communication concerning the single area of child rearing. The paper presents ideas for encouraging family-community communication in this area. (BD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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