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21.

Racing Thoughts [electronic resource]: Children and Mental Illness

This documentary profiles four young people who are living with mental illness - and also shows their loved ones who make the courageous decision to tell their own stories. Their voices are complemented by director Louiselle Noel, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an adult and powerfully evokes the initial symptoms that emerged in her childhood. The film skirts the specialists' debates in favor of a more personal tone, moving away from the alarming vocabulary of diagnoses and allowing viewers to discover the children affected.
Online
2010
22.

14 Up [electronic resource]: South Africa

Spotlighting the age of 14, this program continues the South African version of the famed British documentary series Up, in which participants are featured every seven years speaking about the society around them. From Capetown to Durban to Soweto, viewers reenter the lives of each youthful subject to learn about his or her goals, dreams, fears, and frustrations. Dramatic political changes have taken place in South Africa since the last episode was filmed, and it is clear that many of these young people are undergoing a transformation as well. Some are rethinking what they believe is possible or impossible in the future. Others are coming to terms with the darkness of the nation's past and their own previous attitudes, as when Willem looks back on his racist comments of seven years a [...]
Online
1999
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7 Up [electronic resource]: South Africa

As you know, says Bonita, "whites are people too." The 7-year-old daughter of a Zulu chief in rural Natal, she beguiles the camera with quiet authority: "You see, there is only one difference between us. They speak English and we speak Zulu." Bonita is one of 19 children featured in this South African version of the famed British documentary 7 Up, in which young participants speak from their hearts about the society around them. Luyanda and Andiswa live in a hostel for migrant workers near Capetown. Lunga attends a "mixed" school in Durban and lionizes Nelson Mandela. With only a squatter camp in Soweto to call home, Thembasile and her grandmother subsist without electricity or running water. And what of the white children in the group? Their attitudes are often a far cry from Bonita [...]
Online
1992
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 7 Up

Shot two years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, this program emulates the 7 Up documentary model in which a group of children reveal their thoughts and feelings on camera. The Russian participants introduced here include Anton, a Moscow boy who precociously foreshadows a coup in his nation's political future; twins Stas and Dennis who live in an industrial suburb of Leningrad, now St Petersburg; Asya, also a Leningrad citizen, who shares a small apartment with her mother and grandparents; Tanya, who laments the lack of retail choices in her country and whose mouth waters, almost literally, over a Western mail-order catalog; Almaz, who lives in a factory workers' hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan; Rita, who dwells on the shore of the largest freshwater lake in the world; a [...]
Online
1991
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Born in the U.S.S.R. [electronic resource]: 14 Up

Brokenhearted, twins Stas and Dennis have lost their father. Following a modest funeral, which their mother could only arrange by borrowing money, they allow their feelings to seep out tearfully for the camera. Rita's village has become a tourist attraction and her father runs a pleasure boat for out-of-town visitors. She is also hospitalized for an illness that no one seems willing to discuss. And Andrei has moved to the United States, having been adopted by an American family. Somewhat mischievously, he shows off his toy bird cage - a possible metaphor for his new situation, although his homesickness isn't immediately apparent. Such are the post-Soviet-era stories running through this installment in the Russian version of the Up chronicles. Thanks to interwoven archival footage, vi [...]
Online
1998
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21 Up [electronic resource]: Japan

Modeled on the Up series produced in the United Kingdom, which begins with a group of seven-year-olds and revisits them every seven years, the Up: Japan chronicle focuses on 13 youth living in different parts of Japan. In this program, which rejoins the participants at age 21, they are asked to talk about their lives, families, and future with the same honesty and frankness displayed in the original British production. Contradicting the perceived homogeneity of Japanese society, the circumstances of these young adults are vastly different from each other. Some, such as Eri and Maki, live in politically sensitive areas like Okinawa, near a U.S. military base. Sanae lives near the disputed Kuril Islands, while others like Yoshio and Mitsukatsu carry the heritage of two different ancest [...]
Online
2007
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Raising Kids [electronic resource]: A Horizon Guide

Every parent wants the best for their child, but with so many different and often conflicting opinions, how can any parent possibly know what's best? Over the years theories on bringing up children have altered dramatically, reflecting changes in the social and political climate as well as new research into child development. In this program from the BBC series Horizon, child psychologist Laverne Antrobus delves into the Horizon archives to discover how our understanding of children and their personalities and behavior has changed.
Online
2011
28.

Fat and Happy? [electronic resource]

If a solution to America's obesity problem is found, it will likely draw upon not only clinical factors but also social, cultural, and psychological considerations. In this classic episode of Scientific American Frontiers, host Alan Alda talks with Dr. George Blackburn of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to explore society's obsession with diets that promise quick, painless results. Alda also visits Arizona's Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians, who have the world's highest rate of obesity-related diabetes and now look to their traditional diets to save their culture and health. In addition, the program explores research on how obesity develops in children.
Online
2001
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Raising Cain [electronic resource]: Exploring the Inner Lives of America's Boys

Violent, unable to express their emotions, and doing poorly in the classroom, America's boys are in serious trouble. What is responsible for this behavior? And what measures can be taken to keep them from growing up into men who are more prone to anger than empathy? This program, hosted by child psychologist Michael Thompson, explores the emotional development of boys in America today, providing surprising research about boys' inner workings, dispelling a number of commonly held misconceptions, and highlighting innovative programs that are bringing out the best in boys.
Online
2006
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Handling Peer Pressure [electronic resource]

The teen years are a time of experimenting with identity, but along with that search for self come major decisions about what groups to fit into-and how to fit into them. This video explores peer group influences; how they can cause young people to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors in order to conform; and what can be done to avoid their pitfalls. Topics include positive, negative, direct, and indirect peer pressure; cultural forces, especially media-driven ones, that push the desire to be a "star" instead of making a genuine journey of self-discovery; and media stereotypes of what it means to be attractive, smart, or successful. The program also looks at how friendship groups can become cliques, how low self-esteem leads some people to manipulate or intimidate others to f [...]
Online
2011
31.

Overcoming Prejudice [electronic resource]

Prejudice isn't something we're born with-and if we learn it, we can unlearn it. The first step in that process is to study it objectively, as this video does through candid interviews, dramatizations, and expert commentary. Offering a practical definition of prejudice, the video explores its basis in ignorance and fear of outsiders, the qualities it most frequently targets (race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physique, social class, and political beliefs) as well as its principal results-namely, discrimination, racism, and oppression. The program focuses in a teen-friendly way on prejudice in American society, with discussions of the "melting pot" concept; how such diversity, while unquestionably desirable, carries with it the potential for racial, ethnic, and cul [...]
Online
2011
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Dealing With Bullying [electronic resource]

A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Justice states that one out of every four kids is bullied in some way - and that estimate, according to other reports, is too conservative. Why is bullying so widespread? What are the various forms it can take? How should a bullying victim react to intimidation and physical aggression, or - ideally - avoid becoming a victim in the first place? This video addresses those questions as it looks at the root causes and potential solutions to bullying dilemmas. Studying the verbal, emotional, and social aspects of bullying and cyberbullying as well as physical harassment and attacks, the program also distinguishes between bullying that is typically male and typically female - revealing the wide range of results that all forms can have, from hurt fe [...]
Online
2011
33.

Handling Anger and Frustration [electronic resource]

Let's face it-anger is a fact of life, an emotion everyone can relate to. But it isn't always handled well, and if it surges out of control, the effects can be devastating. This video examines the problems arising from extreme or repressed anger and presents helpful methods for loosening the grip that all-consuming rage can have on one's mind and actions. Viewers learn basic psychological concepts relating to the human need to confront and remove obstacles, a primal instinct that all too easily translates into "lashing out." Encouraging students to look closely at their feelings in these trigger situations, the program highlights steps that can be taken toward dealing rationally with anger sources, focusing on staying "centered" rather than "getting even." Family and peer relationshi [...]
Online
2011
34.

Managing Conflict Resolution [electronic resource]

A dynamic struggle between contrasting forces is necessary-it creates ideas and drives change. But as everyone knows, life is also filled with hurtful and even tragic forms of conflict. Students learn about both types of opposition in this video, which illustrates ways to use conflict constructively while avoiding violence, alienation, and resentment. Beginning with the notion that we deal with conflict largely through patterns learned as children, the program explores four behaviors that push conflict into the destructive zone: miscommunication, demonizing, refusal to negotiate, and "kitchen sinking" or pulling past events and unrelated frustrations into a present disagreement. The pitfalls of a "conflict loop" are also discussed. Viewers gain an understanding of the potential rewar [...]
Online
2011
35.

Parenting 101 [electronic resource]: Basic Skills for Raising Confident Children

In the thick of life's challenges, helping children grow into confident, respectful, and well-behaved young people seems to require some kind of magical roadmap. While there are no miraculous shortcuts to successful parenthood, there are fellow travelers and professional experts who can shed light on the parenting journey. This video presents just such an opportunity for new moms and dads. They receive practical advice on building a strong parent-child relationship, teaching and reinforcing desirable behavior, creating an environment that stimulates intellect and confidence, developing a routine that offers reassurance and stability, and working through parental conflict constructively. Concise dramatizations that highlight problems and solutions are combined with helpful commentary [...]
Online
2011
36.

Teenage Drinking [electronic resource]: Facts and Fiction

How does drinking, especially binge drinking, affect a teenager physically, socially, and psychologically? What are the short- and long-term effects? What are the direct and indirect consequences? Exploring the issue through the eyes of young people, this program takes an in-depth look at a major health threat and investigates the warning signs and consequences of drinking that has gotten out of hand. Topics include the effects of alcohol on the body, typical reasons for binge drinking, consequences of alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, risks associated with binge drinking, and responsible behavior.
Online
2009
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Sexy Inc [electronic resource]: A Critical Look at the Hypersexualization of Childhood

The eroticization and physical objectification that are staples of the youth-focused business/media complex give the impression that exploitative, age-inappropriate sexuality is natural, normal, and even necessary. This documentary condemns the hypersexualization of kid culture and exposes the severely damaging effects of hypersexuality on young psyches-female, predominantly, but male as well. Pervasive Internet porn, which serves children as a toxic artificial standard for sexual intimacy, is also addressed. Commentary is provided by psychologist Sharon Lamb, medical and education professionals, and others working to offset the pernicious effects of "Sexy Inc." in children's lives.
Online
2007
38.

Emotions [electronic resource]

Where do emotions come from, and why do we experience them? Is there a connection between reason and emotion? In this program, host Michael Mosley uses vintage footage and his own willingness to be a test subject to review classic and sometimes disturbing experiments on the nature of fear, love, and empathy. The discussion includes John B. Watson's tests on 9-month-old "Little Albert," in which the infant was conditioned to feel fear; António Damásio's findings on gambling, logic, and decision-making; and the work that Harry Harlow did with monkeys and their surrogate mothers that helped change thinking about the value of cuddling a newborn baby.
Online
2010
39.

Do Parents Matter? [electronic resource]: Judith Harris on the Power of Peers

From the high chair to high school, parents have little impact on their children's development-or so says Judith Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption. In this program, Ms. Harris talks with ABC News correspondent Sylvia Chase about her controversial theory of child development through adaptation to peer groups. Steven Pinker, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, supports her hypothesis, while Harvard child psychologist Jerome Kagan strongly disagrees, citing her total lack of scientific credentials.
Online
1999; 2010
40.

28 Up Part 2 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series turned age 28 into an epochal study - one that required three separate parts in order to tell its ongoing stories. This film, the second portion of 28 Up, focuses on several participants as they reflect on their current situations in life. Career obstacles, financial challenges, and the complexities of personal relationships - those that thrive as well as those that have been neglected or broken apart - become, in each unflinching scene, the stuff of riveting documentary cinema. As with all Up episodes produced after the first one, the program includes plenty of footage taken from earlier years so that viewers can easily compare the different stages.
Online
1984; 2013