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By Ann Hill Beuf

Examines the stigmatism of kids who deviate from applicable 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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6 This pattern demonstrates the force of a non-conscious ideology in society. Lack of Support in Social Institutions Coincident with cultural emphasis on beauty, we often find that the state, the schools, and the medical establishment operate against  52 53 < previous page < previous page page_38 page_39 next page > next page > Page 39 the needs of the stigmatized. Even family can be rejecting. This lack of support can manifest itself in both direct and implicit ways. 1. The state may have policies which operate against the stigmatized.

Psychological Resources Children's humor, self-esteem, intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm are all important weapons in the arsenal against despair. Such traits permit the child to place other concerns and interests above concern with the impairment, to concentrate on achievement, and to cope with stigmatizing incidents when they occur. Those lacking such resources are the most likely victims of self-stigmatization. Social Resources Such factors as high economic status, high parental status in the community, ethnic group support, parental education, and political power are assets.

9 Â < previous page < previous page page_39 page_4 next page > next page > Page 4 certain physiological attributes of the stigma itself, especially its severity, visibility, and whether or not it is located on the face; and the general cultural attitude regarding appearance. The United States, as we will see, has a particularly intolerant attitude toward children with impaired appearance because (1) it is basically ambiguous and unfair in its treatment of children in general, and (2) the overall culture is obsessed with narrow standards of beauty that assume tremendous importance in our type of social system.

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