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Chapter 6, Sins of the Fathers March 20, 2008 i<Clicker Quiz 1. Employers A. Almost never hire ex-offenders B. Almost never hire single mothers on welfare C. Almost never hire drug addicts D. Will hire all three when the economy flourishes i<Clicker Quiz 2. “Soft Skills” include: A. Punctuality, diligence, and a can-do attitude. B. Familiarity with at least one software computer program. C. Reading, writing, and math. D. Are learned on the job by most American workers. 1. What was the author's purpose in Chapter Six? JW’s Answer • To expose the high frequency of sexual abuse histories among working poor women • To defy the common stereotype (p. 128) and convince the reader that sexual abuse causes emotional problems that impede labor force participation and job performance • Corollaries – We need to invest in programs that address sexual abuse – Work programs that neglect the consequences of sexual abuse and rely upon work rules and time as motivators solely will fail to produce stable employees 2. What stands out the most among the things you learned in this chapter? JW’s Answer • I am disappointed that Shipler did not authoritatively answer the questions that he posed on p. 144: – Are poor children more vulnerable than rich? – Do families lacking material means also lack the means to protect their children from such indelible harm? – Is molestation more prevalent in disrupted households with single mothers, transitory boyfriends, alcohol, drugs, and absent adults working long hours in late-night shifts? • I want to know about the direct causality of poverty on the incidence of sexual abuse. 3. What one question would you ask David Shipler about Chapter Six if he visited us? JW’s Answer • PREVENTION: What programs, if any, have successfully reduced the incidence of sexual abuse? • HEALING: What programs, if any, have successfully addressed the consequences of sexual abuse among low-income women? • In both cases, what is the key to the success of these programs? Can they be replicated in other locations? JW’s Answer Two new questions • In what other courses have you studied the issues in Chapter Six? • Can you recommend readings and/or speakers for Chapter Six? If so, please do so.