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By Jennifer Chiaverini

ISBN-10: 0698407091

ISBN-13: 9780698407091

Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, prior and current, with a wondrous novel encouraged via the vintage poem "Christmas Bells," via Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their outdated universal carols play/ And wild and candy/ The phrases repeat/Of peace on the earth, good-will to men!

In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family members celebrated Christmas at Craigie residence, their domestic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ebook of Longfellow's vintage innovative warfare poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," used to be under a month for that reason, and the country's grave political unrest weighed seriously on his brain. but along with his loved spouse, Fanny, and their 5 cherished little ones at his part, the delights of the season prevailed.

In present-day Boston, a devoted instructor within the Watertown public institution approach is surprised by way of somber vacation tidings. Sophia's song software has been sacrificed to price range cuts, and she or he concerns not just approximately her coming near near unemployment but additionally in regards to the outcomes to her underprivileged scholars. on the church the place she volunteers as song director, Sophia attempts to disregard her cares as she leads the children's choir in practice session for a Christmas Eve live performance. encouraged to honor a neighborhood artist, Sophia has selected a carol set to a poem by way of Longfellow, moved by way of the wonderful phrases he penned one Christmas Day some time past, while he suffered nice loss.

Christmas Bells chronicles the occasions of 1863, while the peace and contentment of Longfellow's kinfolk circle used to be all at once, tragically damaged, slicing even deeper than the privations of wartime. during the discomfort of profound loss and problem, Longfellow's patriotism by no means failed, nor did the ability of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that vacation, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.

Jennifer Chiaverini's resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we needs to proceed to listen to happy tidings, whilst we're demonstrated by way of strife. examining Christmas Bells conjures up the resplendent pleasure of a refrain of voices raised in reverent track.

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Gewalthandlungen sind in diesem Fall sowohl Initiationsritus, Bestätigung der Zusammengehörigkeit als auch ‚handgreifliche’ Festlegung der Hierarchie. In diesem Fall ist Gewaltausübung eine Interaktionsform, welche Zugehörigkeit herstellt und/oder bestätigt. Die gewaltaffine Gruppe kann die Funktion einer ‚Ersatzfamilie’ für weibliche Jugendliche haben, in die sie aus den belastenden Familienverhältnissen entfliehen können (Silkenbeumer, 2007). Etwa die Hälfte aller physisch aggressiven Jugendlichen hat Freunde und ist auf Cliquenebene gut integriert.

Auch der chronische Gebrauch und Missbrauch von Alkohol und Drogen durch die Eltern der Mädchen und/oder durch die Mädchen selber kann Mädchen in gewalttätiges Verhalten führen (Chesney-Lind & Brown 1999, Artz, Nicholson & Rodriguez 2004). Nach Bruhns und Wittmann (2002) entstehen Gewalt befürwortende Orientierungen bei Mädchen im Zusammenspiel belastender sozioökonomischer und familiärer Lebensverhältnisse, einer aktiv achtungsfordernden Haltung, dem Wunsch nach Erleben von Selbstwirksamkeit und der Stützung und Stabilisierung dieser Tendenzen durch eine Gleichaltrigengruppe.

Es sind Faktoren wie problematische Familiendynamiken, Schulschwierigkeiten und die Akzeptierung nichtegalitärer Geschlechterbeziehungen. Aber auch Persönlichkeits- und Gesundheitsfaktoren wirken als Belastung, beispielsweise Depression, ein geringes Selbstwertgefühl und negatives Selbstbild, die Vermeidung von Langeweile und die Suche nach Aufmerksamkeit, welche auf einem Drang darauf beruht, bemerkt, miteinbezogen, stimuliert und wertgeschätzt zu werden. Auch der chronische Gebrauch und Missbrauch von Alkohol und Drogen durch die Eltern der Mädchen und/oder durch die Mädchen selber kann Mädchen in gewalttätiges Verhalten führen (Chesney-Lind & Brown 1999, Artz, Nicholson & Rodriguez 2004).

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