Advocating for Children
Posted on April 14, 2008
David Elkind (bio) describes how The Hurried Child led to his becoming a child advocate.
I had done a lot of writing, popular writing, for a lot of magazines and journals, for Popular Psychology Today. I had written children’s stories, and I wrote an article about some of the pressures I saw in children. And an editor at Addison Wesley asked me to write a book on this kind of subject, and so I wrote a first draft. And she goes, “No, no, too academic,” and so then I said, “Oh, just do a popular book." And I wrote The Hurried Child in about six weeks during the summer.
It just got a lot of attention, much more than I had expected, and was excerpted in Parade and so on. And suddenly I was on national television, and I was able to deal with media.
Anyway, so then I began doing a lot more lecturing and popular writing and moved away really from the research and began feeling that one of the things I was seeing more and more was that the people who were doing a lot of the negative stuff were getting all the publicity and the positive advocates for children were not getting heard. And so I decided it would be another career shift. I would go on more to being an advocate for children, and that’s what I’ve been doing, although I’ve continued annual research.
Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2007 SRCD Biennial Meeting in Boston, MA.
Elkind, D. (1981). The Hurried Child. Reading, MA: Perseus Book Group.
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