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FRONTLINE; When the Bough Breaks

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When the Bough Breaks
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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This program explores the bond between parents and children and the profound implications for children's behavior later in life if that attachment is hampered. These characteristics may include overly aggressive behavior, serious learning problems and delinquency. The program uses surveillance cameras in the homes of three middle-class families who are struggling with troubled children between the ages of 16 months and three years and observes the behavior and interactions of the children and their parents.

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