CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 22, 1984
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(Studio) Latest murder of child in Los Angeles, California, as result of drug warfare noted reflecting general psychological atmosphere faced by United States children.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Impact of increase drug use and violence in United States on nation's children examined; films shown. [STUDENTS - discuss their fears, use of drugs to escape life's realities.] [Covenant House spokesperson Fr. Bruce RITTER - considers soc. factors contributing to children's incrd. despair, loss of hope.] [CHILD - considers divorced parents the norm.] Incr. number of latchkey children and single-parent homes noted. [Dr. Ralph LOPEZ - explains implications for children's sense of security] [American Univ. spokesperson Lynette LONG - lists focus of children's concerns.] TV's role in affecting one's sense of childhood considered; scenes from "Paper Dolls" shown courtesy Mandy Films-MGM/UA as example [RITTER - explains message sent children by "Paper Dolls."] [LONG - doesn't place blame on external factors, but on family.] [WOMAN - rationalizes remaining home with child rather than husband doing so.] [MAN - acknowledges needing help raising son.] American society's general pressure on children to grow up too soon summarized.
REPORTER: Bill Moyers