Leah wrote:Normally you wouldn't go to a family member in a situation like this. You'd want someone who was neutral - i.e. not affiliated with either side - to make that call. Even if he's a trained therapist, he's still too connected to the situation to make an unbiased judgement.
Elle Couerblanc wrote:Leah wrote:Normally you wouldn't go to a family member in a situation like this. You'd want someone who was neutral - i.e. not affiliated with either side - to make that call. Even if he's a trained therapist, he's still too connected to the situation to make an unbiased judgement.
Exactly this! Knowing and being aware of my own bias about the treatment of sex offenders for example (that it simply does not work) - I would never go into that line of work if I ever returned to the field. I would also probably not be in a work environment Same with my family, how could I as a professional (if I was still working in the field) testify to the mental health and well being of say my nephew's wife (they are going through a divorce) knowing my own experiences and bias towards her.
Hawt Sommer wrote:http://www.missingkids.com/KeyFacts
My source "National Center for missing and exploited children"
Is that a fear-mongering agency? If so, that would be the first time I heard that.
Kaitlin wrote: As far as any "bias", I never suggested Moses was making a "medical" assessment of the situation since he is quite clear that he is speaking as another member of the family and his observations of what occurred. That doesn't discount his background. If professionals are an authoritative source then at this point Dylan is batting a fat 0.
Leah wrote:Glaucon was saying that Moses' word carried more weight because he's a licensed therapist.
Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in part by the country's growing population. But the numbers also indicate that law enforcement treats the cases more seriously now, including those of marginalized citizens.
An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children.
But only a tiny fraction of those are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger.
For example, the federal government counted 840,279 missing persons cases in 2001. All but about 50,000 were juveniles, classified as anyone younger than 18.
The National Center for Missing Adults, based in Phoenix, consistently tracks about 48,000 "active cases," says president Kym Pasqualini, although that number has been bumped up by nearly 11,000 reports of persons missing after this year's hurricanes.
In a phone interview, Pasqualini said a breakdown of the 48,000 cases reveals the democratic nature of America's missing persons.
Slightly more than half—about 25,500—of the missing are men. About four out of 10 missing adults are white, three of 10 black and two of 10 Latino.
Among missing adults, about one-sixth have psychiatric problems. Young men, people with drug or alcohol addictions and elderly citizens suffering from dementia make up other significant subgroups of missing adults.
About half of the roughly 800,000 missing juvenile cases in 2001 involved runaways, and another 200,000 were classified as family abductions related to domestic or custody disputes.
Only about 100 missing-child reports each year fit the profile of a stereotypical abduction by a stranger or vague acquaintance.
Glaucon wrote:Leah wrote:Glaucon was saying that Moses' word carried more weight because he's a licensed therapist.
Nope. I wasn't. Didn't even mention it. And sure, he is probably biased. Everyone involved is going to be biased.
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