Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 214–224 | Cite as

The Life Stories of Children and Adolescents

Using Commercial Films as Teaching Aids
  • Adrian Sondheimer
Media Column


Commercial films have been used by educators as helpful components in the psychiatry training process. Professional literature describing cinema focusing on children, adolescents, and their families, however, has been conspicuous by its absence. A solicitation from child and adolescent psychiatry members of the Association for Academic Psychiatry resulted in a compilation of 97 substantial and relevant commercial films, with each accompanied by a single-sentence annotated description. The author proposes a teaching approach and suggests questions to assist educators in the utilization of these films during the training of residents about child and adolescent themes and issues. A description of this approach is illustrated using two representative films.


Academic Psychiatry Adolescent Psychiatry Life Story Borderline Personality Disorder Comic Drama 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-New Jersey Medical SchoolNewarkUSA

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