Open Arms? Open Eyes! Power, Control and Abuse in Teen Relationships
Running Time: 28 Minutes
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This award-winning, 28-minute video identifies the warning signs in teen relationships that set the stage for adult domestic violence. A great discussion starter, it is based on real scenarios and dialogue suggested by teenagers themselves. It features high school students and locations, and is an excellent resource for raising student awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Dramatizes specific issues of power and control among teens, to help them spot the signs and avoid the corrosive effects of abusive relationships. To that end, there are 25 “red flags” displayed throughout the video to assist in the awareness of violent behavior patterns in dating relationships. Produced by: Henrico County Community Partners Inc.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Omni Intermedia Award Winner
National Association of Counties Achievement Award
Endorsed by the Virginia Education Association and the Attorney General of Virginia
Highly Recommended Specifically designed to help teenagers look at types of abuse that may occur in relationships, this film provides extensive information in a brief span of time. Using three fictional scenarios of teen relationships, the film discusses emotional and physical abuse and illustrates how control and power are important components of abuse. The film discusses abuse by creatively using other students to introduce each scenario and to discuss the warning signals that need to be observed. While comments from a psychologist and two real life abuse victims, male and female, effectively add a realistic component, the replay of each scenario with an emotionally healthy and positive thrust, allows students to view what is possible in avoiding abusive encounters. The accompanying guide for teachers is an excellent resource with summaries of the scenes, tests, and fact sheets for students. The energetic music helps the pace of the film and the shifting of scenes.
Although this film is not a part of a series, two additional videocassettes by Human Relations Media (Surviving Peer Pressure and Drama Queens and Tough Guys) will complement this DVD and provide additional information for areas of interest and importance to teenagers. A good choice for junior high and high school collections as well as university and college collections in psychology and social work. Highly recommended!!
- Carolyn Walden, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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