Beauty Is the Beast: Appearance Impaired Children in America by Ann Hill Beuf

By Ann Hill Beuf

Examines the stigmatism of kids who deviate from appropriate American criteria for actual visual appeal. Beuf analyzes either the consequences of this stigmatization on young children and the innovations used to deal with it.

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Pearlin and Schooler suggest that these sources of strength can be viewed in terms of two categories of "coping resources": social resources and psychological resources. "61 Viewing impaired appearance as a form of stress, we can make productive use of Pearlin's scheme to understand people's responses to stigmatization, because, in addition to observing what people do, we need to comprehend what options and limitations are imposed on individuals and groups of people which set the parameters of the responses actually available to them.

Once the overall socio-cultural backdrop has been established and described, we must consider several other factors in assessing the child's condition. Developmental Age Ironically, given the popularity of developmentalism in western psychology, little has been written about developmental stages as factors in children's response to stigma. Yet, common sense alone would suggest the importance. Surely the adolescent will take disfigurement harder than a five-year-old! Physiological Factors Of primary importance are the realistic parameters of appearance established by the nature of the impairment itself.

4. To suggest ways of helping such children and improving their position in our society. 5. To help the parents of appearance-impaired children understand and respond to the special needs of their children and to act as their advocates. 6. To impress on physicians, teachers, and other professionals who work with children of impaired appearance the importance of appearance in the psychological and social lives of children, and thus of the need to take seriously children's concerns about these matters.

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