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Voices In The Family

February 2007

Children and Temperament

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You know your child's temperament; bold, shy, outgoing or introverted...but how do these traits affect your child's development and relationships? Should you encourage a shy child to try something new, to make friends, or to speak up in class? Can you help your energetic and easily distracted child to do well in a classroom? And what should teachers know about temperament? We'll hear excerpts from a recent panel discussion on children and temperament, which was part of our "In the Spirit of Family" series, presented by WHYY's Children's Service. Our guests were Ann Enyon and Dr. William Carey. Ann Eynon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Associate Director of the Parent Center at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Dr. William Carey is Director of Behavioral Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of several books, among them "Understanding Your Child's Temperament."

Sexual Fantasies

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Sigmund Freud said that "a happy person never fantasizes, only a dissatisfied one." Modern research suggests that sexual fantasies are normal and can improve your sex life. But how do they affect intimate relationships? Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss why many people are afraid to talk about their fantasies, and feel guilty about having them. We'll be joined by Wendy Maltz and Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman. Wendy Maltz is a sex therapist and marriage therapist. She has written several books, among them "Private Thoughts" She hosts the website www.healthysex.com. Dr. Pillai-Friedman is a psychotherapist and practices at the Institute for Sex Therapy

Healing Healthcare

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The state of healthcare in America is usually summed up in numbers; over 98,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors each year, The Center for Disease Control estimates that as many as 2 million people contract infections from hospitals yearly, and 100 million Americans are affected by chronic diseases. But at the heart of these terrifying numbers is a relationship, one that was once regarded as untouchable. The relationship between patient and healthcare professionals is historically based on mutual trust, the desire to heal, and the desire to get better.But today, growing numbers of patients complain of hurried doctors who don't listen, and overworked staff members who don't have time to take care of most basic needs. Patients feel that they have to take charge of their own medical care and records, while arguing with their insurance companies about which treatment they should be getting.

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals complain of unmanageable demands in the work place, emotional stress, understaffing, and mountains of paperwork that keep them from spending time with patients. How did this happen, and what can be done?

Hosted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Maiken Scott, this documentary explores the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients. We'll hear from policy makers, administrators, patients, families and healthcare professionals.


Henry Simmons, President of the National Coalition on Health Care

Steven Peltz, founder and managing partner of Peltz Practice Management and Consulting Services

Avery Commarow, Senior writer and Editor, America's Best Hospitals U.S. News & World Report, Washington, D.C.

Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., M.B.A., serves as President of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals; professor of psychiatry and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Michael Baime, director of the Penn program for Stress Reduction, teaches Mindfulness meditation to doctors, healthcare providers, and students in the field to improve their encounters with patients, to reduce stress, to be more focused and present.

Dr. Barry Bub, author of "Communication Skills that Heal."

Fame Junkies

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Why do we care what is happening to Lindsay Lohan? Why do more people watch "American Idol" than the nightly news? Americans are obsessed with celebrities and fame. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will explore what drives this obsession. We'll be joined by Jake Halpern, author of a new book called "Fame Junkies." We'll also hear from Peter C. Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. He has written "American Mania."