The Psychology Of Circumcision Communication And Social Change

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., a psychological researcher, educator, and writer, is the founder and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, a nonprofit educational organization. His groundbreaking investigation of the unacknowledged psychological and social aspects of circumcision includes hundreds of contacts with men, parents, Jews, and medical and mental health professionals. In this video he discusses how communication about circumcision may be improved by considering psychological factors such as empathy and persuasiveness. A preliminary persuasiveness survey identified statements that most influenced subjects to question the advisability of circumcision. Arguments critical of circumcision may contribute to a law prohibiting it, but additional steps are recommended to change attitudes about the practice in religious groups. Changing circumcision practice will require broad-based, long-term commitment. Choosing new approaches and programs that minimize disruption and fit the reality of the situation would facilitate progress. Psychological sensitivity is essential for improving communication and contributing to personal and social change.

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Circumcision Resource Center. Circumcision Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male infant circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male infant circumcision information for parents and children’s advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others. Our Directors and Professional Advisory Board members consist of researchers and clinicians in the fields of medicine, mental health, and social science. We also provide consultation, counseling, and referrals, lectures and seminars, and publications.

Intact America. Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings. We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers. You can read our Statement of Principles here.

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers. NOCIRC was founded by healthcare professionals to provide information to expectant parents, healthcare professionals, educators, lawyers, ethicists, and concerned individuals about circumcision and genital cutting of male, female, and intersex infants and children, genital integrity, and human rights.

National Organization of Restoring Men (NORM), Information and Support Group on Foreskin Restoration

National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males, NOHARMM, 
Activist Organization for Men

Nurses for the Rights of the Child, NRC, Conscientious Objector Information for Nurses

Doctors Opposing Circumcision, DOC, Physician Information and Networking

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, ARC

Jewish Circumcision Resource Center

Jews Against Circumcision

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