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James Garbarino


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James Garbarino

  1. 1. List of Published Books
  2. 2. Background • Earned B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973. • President of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development from 1985- 1994. • In 1985, he collaborated with John Merrow to produce “Assault on the Psyche,” a videotaped program dealing with psychological abuse. • Undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq. • Currently Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center and Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. • Awards • 1975 -- named a “Spencer Fellow” by the National Academy of Education • Dr. Garbarino 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 1981. • In 1985, he received the first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. • Etc.
  3. 3. Influences • Claire Bedard, James’ partner: interest in spiritual development • James Gilligan, his friend: interest in violence • Also influenced by his own interests: contemplative thought, violence in children
  4. 4. Theory • Interested in violence in children, especially in boys (Lost Boys) • Violence in children is caused by several factors: – Attachment problems • Dissociation from feelings of fear and anxiety – Depression – Abandonment by mother/father • Leads to skewed view of family figures/roles • Feelings of rejection – Abuse and neglect • Combination of these factors = creation of toxic environment • Toxic environment leads to a “lost childhood” – Lack of empathy, affirmation, idea of a future orientation – Low self-esteem, intelligence levels
  5. 5. Classroom Applications • Eliminate violence in the classroom. • Be a role model. – Provide support, affirmation that children have value and potential, love • Have the ability to identify behavioral problems and stop them. • Introduce ideas about future life plans or career choices, and ways to support and prepare children for them. • Provide a way for children to socialize without violence and actions they have seen at home.
  6. 6. Critique • Studies are too gender-based (focuses too much on differences between boys and girls) • Oversimplified theory – Doing “x” may not always lead to “y” • All children are different; these ideas won’t work for everyone • His ideas are not widely critiqued
  7. 7. References • • • • • • • •