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David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Castro-Blanco Cited in
U.S. Senator's Call to End Show on
Kids & 'Violent Competitiveness'

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has called on Esquire Network to discontinue its new reality show “Friday Night Tykes” because it “glorifies a culture of violent competitiveness that can be dangerous for the safety and long-term health of children,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

In his letter to the network’s president, the senator cites studies from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, as well as the U.S. General Accountability Office and insight from the Adler School’s
David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., ABPP.

Reuters recently interviewed Dr. Castro Blanco for
a story about the show and its depiction of youth football culture. In interview remarks cited in Sen. Durbin’s letter to the network, Dr. Castro-Blanco said:  “Showing adults browbeating kids into being football players is dangerous entertainment,”

Dr. Castro-Blanco is a board-certified clinical psychologist with special focus on child and adolescent psychology, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler School.

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Sen. Durbin calls for lights out on Esquire Network’s controversial ‘Friday Night Tykes.’”

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