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|All Authors / Contributors:||Independent Television Service.|
|Credits:||Executive producer, co-producer, Gordon Quinn; music, Hannah Marcus; camera, Tsuyoshi Kimoto, Gordon Quinn.|
|Description:||1 videocassette (53 min., 50 sec.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.|
|Responsibility:||ITVS, Independent Television Service ; produced by Kartemquin Educational Films.|
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher:||Boston, MA : Kartemquin Educational Films,|
|Standard Numbers:||Publisher no: VH-346 Fanlight Productions; National Library: 101142114|
|Class Descriptors:||LC Class No.: RJ506.A9; Dewey No.: 618.9289|
|Corporate Author:||Independent Television Service.|
(Producer) From the 1950s through the early 1970s, the American medical establishment thought it had found the cause of autism: 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. We now know that autism is a brain disorder, not the result of poor parenting. But for a whole generation of women, branded as cold "refrigerator mothers," the damage had been done.
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(EMRO user published 2013-01-29 )
<I>Refrigerator Mothers</I> offers a poignant and compelling profile of seven mothers of autistic children. Because of the time period in which their children were born (the 1950s through the early 1970s), these women were labeled as ârefrigerator mothersâ who were unable to develop loving...