A chance for change, A year toward tomorrow


but often only passive. The youths in this film are impressive; they are not the 100 percent bad kids of the labels and slogans. They are adolescents--needy, responsive, interesting, suspicious, and genuine at times. They are humorous and storytellers. They are unhappy. The last point is the affective center of the film. It is a nonverbal response to a clarification of Dr. Schwitzgebel's " I t has not been happy then." Throughout the interview the interaction and nonverbal activity is fully as significant as the content--at times more set--which is fur ther reason we are fortunate to have a film record. One cannot but be impressed. At a time when education of the public and training of further manpower face the entire field of mental health, the means of developing awareness of youthful offenders and their problems is essential. The many disciplines represented here--medicine, psychiatry, education, psychology, public health, communi ty mental health, and law--are all essential contributors to any effort to understand and help. This film is a good step toward what could be a series of films on various aspects of youth who offend. Such a series would afford valuable training and research data. Currently, a host of clichds and misconceptions fill the public and professional eye. Such clichds lend themselves well to the projection of anger, fear, and confusion, all of which hamper the clarity of thought required by the complex problems of youthful offenders. Street Corner Research can help replace fantasies and ignorance with living, documented facts for the living eye to see.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01436067

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@article{Mason1967ACF, title={A chance for change, A year toward tomorrow}, author={Edward A. Mason}, journal={Community Mental Health Journal}, year={1967}, volume={3}, pages={190-192} }