Refrigerator Mothers (#1504)
From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had the root cause of autism figured out: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the bizarre behaviors of autistic children -- rigid rituals, difficulty with speech, extreme self- isolation -- stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. Autism is, in fact, a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women, branded as cold " refrigerator mothers," the damage has been done. [56 minutes]
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