The Authoritarian Child Rearing Practices Of David's Childity
Because of his parent’s influence and neglect, David was a socially withdrawn child. He had no friends, and was probably the least liked among his classmates. His self-esteem was dramatically lowered and he felt that he was a bad boy. The irony through it all was that he still loved his mother and very much wanted to please her and make her happy.
These behaviors are some of the criteria for the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder:
a. Willing to break the law (A Child Called It, 1995 p. 61)
b. Going along with what his mother told him to do, allowing himself to be manipulated by her.
Before he had even reached his twelfth birthday he had been severely beaten, battered, and bruised. He had no other choice but to steal food being that was his only means of survival. He should have made someone listen to him. He could have gone to the police, a teacher, a neighbor, or just an adult he had met on the …show more content…
His counselor could have helped him to believe that he was not a bad boy. Counselors could have also helped David to realize that he was just a normal boy, and that his mother Roerva was the one with the problem. She was a very sick woman who had a number of problems: drinking, physical and verbal abuse, among many others. The therapist would have taught David to change his interpretations of certain situations from bad to …show more content…
While maintaining a rigorous, active-duty flight schedule, Dave was the recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a distinguished group of alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Wells and Walt Disney. (Dave Pelzer Biography 2002, Para. 2)
In 1994 Dave was the only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), for his efforts including child abuse awareness and prevention, as well as for instilling resilience in others. During the Centennial Olympic games, Dave was a torchbearer, carrying the coveted flame (Dave Pelzer Biography 2002, Para.