1st National Report on the Condition of Children, Pre-adolescents and Adolescents (2000)

The 1st National Report on the Condition of Childhood and Pre-adolescence in Italy explores the object of study without pretending to reach a conclusive description but instead invites us to focus our attention on issues that are too often ( regrettably) neglected. It is an invitation to listen, therefore, an invitation to be there to understand the child’s experience. It is a question of the dramatic experiences of discomfort and abuse and the infinite number of daily life experiences of adults and children.

Telefono Azzurro was set up and operates so that the silence on childhood becomes a voice and an ear that stops to listen. Thanks to the research work carried out over the years, Eurispes has pioneered the analysis of the many, too many social fragilities that affect our Country. Therefore, the two associations have decided to carry out this initiative to contribute to a more profound knowledge of the different childhood dimensions.

There are many reasons for tackling and investigating the condition of children. Still, first and foremost, one thing that is for sure: in an increasingly articulated and complex society, in which traditional terms of analysis and reference are losing their weight and reliability, a scientific, socio-statistical approach can provide valuable elements for theoretical elaborations and practical applications that want to be genuinely effective in understanding and helping children. The general impression is that the world of children is too often interpreted from the grown-up point of view through ineffective and misleading tools, conditioned by too many mass-media myths, by ostentatious behaviour and by judgemental stereotypes.





Chapter 1 – Listening


Let’s learn to listen


1: The listening and the childhood


  1. The listening to protect childhood


  1. Educating to listen and understand the language of children’s emotions


  1. Educating to listen to cultural differences


  1. S.O.S. deviance


  1. Listening to the child


  1. The national listening centre of Telefono Azzurro


  1. A national observatory on child maltreatment: Telefono Azzurro


Telefono Azzurro: the new territorial intervention projects




Chapter 2 – Discomfort and Abuse


Violated childhood


Factors of uneasiness and forms of protection for minors


  1. Hands off from children!


  1. Sexual abuse and exploitation of children


  1. Therapeutic treatment of the abused child and the abusive family


  1. Runaway students: a still pending issue


  1. Child labour in Italy


  1. Addictions and drug addictions: adolescents at risk


  1. Prevarication among children


  1. Immigrant minors




Chapter 3 – Education and culture


The culture of knowledge: to know in order to grow


  1. The right to education: the evolution of the school system


  1. The first step towards society: the kindergarten


  1. The aggregative community of the parish


  1. Children and multiculturalism


  1. Analysis of content and television consumption


  1. Advertising in children’s programmes


  1. Children and the new information technologies


  1. Publishing for children


  1. Between imagination and reality: the paths of creative childhood



Chapter 4 – The Family


Offspring and family: a problematic cohabitation


  1. The family in Italy: socio-demographic dynamics


  1. Children and separation discomfort


  1. Young people: children forever


  1. The multicultural family: integration and uprooting discomforts


  1. Minors and multiple problem families


  1. The family and law


  1. The family and social policies, between welfare crisis and new cultural models


  1. From the stork to the family: an obstacle course


  1. Birth by contract


Chapter 5 – Health


The right to health


  1. The child’s health


  1. Doctors, doctors and experts: a child-friendly health service


  1. Infectious diseases: vaccination prevention


  1. Causes of death in children and teenagers


  1. Small catalogue of childhood psychopathologies


  1. Forbidden to diet: reflections and stimuli for a healthy and joyful food education


  1. “Medicine is bitter, but…”. The child and drugs


  1. The immigrant child and the health care demand


  1. Disability: What kind of support for families?



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