Bioethics Quarterly

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 247–251 | Cite as

“Kramer vs. Kramer” vs. Kramer: A child's rights ignored

  • Ellen Colburn-Rohn


The media continue to exercise power in transmitting values. “Kramer vs. Kramer” made film history recently by claiming an impressive number of Oscars. Written reviews and televised acclamations repeatedly cited the authentic and sympathetic treatment of the parents. However, consistent with society's present attitude toward children, the ethical and legal rights of the child were not addressed. The plot underscored the paternalistic and utilitarian manner by which we approach problem-solving and decision-making which directly involve and affect children.


Present Attitude Impressive Number Film History Sympathetic Treatment Utilitarian Manner 
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© Human Sciences Press 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Colburn-Rohn
    • 1
  1. 1.Union Graduate SchoolSan Fransisco

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