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Raising Cain Exploring the Inner Lives of America's Boys

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Summary

  • 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.

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  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 20, 2009.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • Closed-captioned.

Contents

  • Stereotypes About Boys (2:09) -- Is Aggression in Boys Essential? (1:37) -- Children Define Maleness (0:46) -- Emotional Differences in Baby Boys and Girls (3:01) -- Biological Differences Between Boys and Girls (1:19) -- Childhood Aggression: How Serious Is It? (2:11) -- Children and Conflict Resolution (0:58) -- Japanese Male Children Learn Empathy (2:20) -- Stories Reveal Boys' Fantasies (3:50) -- Stories About Death for Children (3:00) -- Graphic Violence and Children (1:44) -- Violence: Real vs. Fantasy (2:05) -- What Boys Experience in Elementary School (1:17) -- Typical Behavior for Boys (2:19) -- Normal Boys' Behavior Labeled as Disorder (2:02) -- Lack of Male Models in Elementary Schools (2:29) -- Bronx Street Culture Anti-Academic (1:26) -- Academic Success: What Does It Take? (1:16) -- Single-Sex Schools: Safety for Boys (2:11) -- Advantages of All-Boys School (1:31) -- Failure Is a Reality Check (1:02) -- Appropriate Male Culture at All-Boys School (2:43) -- Challenges of Male Puberty (1:01) -- Puberty: A Boy Who Is Different (2:22) -- Puberty: A Male Misfit (2:08) -- Bullying: Culture of Cruelty (1:40) -- Friendless Children at Risk (1:30) -- Teens Need Parental Support (1:08) -- How Boys Gain Respect (2:03) -- Inner City Boys Face Violence (1:39) -- Gangs Rule (1:47) -- Teen Boys Need Caring Adults (2:01) -- Male Role Models for Teen Boys (1:41) -- Teasing Among Boys (1:27) -- Teen Boys: Mask of Masculinity (1:57) -- Abandoned at Birth (1:47) -- Organized Neighborhood Fights (2:04) -- Street Tough Dreams of College (1:41) -- Fatherless Homes in America (1:15) -- Lure of Gang Membership (2:20) -- Boys: Confrontations and Lies (1:19) -- Lure of Gang Membership (2:02) -- Models of Manhood (2:13) -- Boys Vulnerable to Rage Cycles (3:01) -- Patents: Active Engagement with Sons (1:50) -- Importance of Fathers in Boys' Lives (2:20) -- Parental Support for Son (1:04) -- Teen Boys Must Prove Manhood (1:17) -- Stresses on Teen Boys in the Suburbs (2:35) -- Teen Boys: Appearance vs. Reality (2:12) -- Teen Boys: Death by Accident (1:53) -- Sexual Test for Manhood (2:19) -- Boys' Bad Behavior (3:09) -- Simulated vs. Real Violence (1:34) -- Bad Behavior: Condemnation or Conversation (1:26) -- Boys and Emotional Expression (1:11) -- Teen Boys: Rite of Passage (1:49) -- Boys and Their Mothers (1:02) -- Boys and Disappointment (2:09) -- Boys to Men: Emotional Courage (1:44)
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