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Family issues are focus of seminar

Eating disorders, adoption and birth-order effects will be among the topics explored this fall in a series of noontime programs offered by the Family Resource Center.

Tomorrow (October 9) from noon-1pm, Dr. Margaret Ross, a psychiatrist in the Medical Department's Mental Health Service, will present a seminar in Rm E19-758 on "Girls and Eating Disorders," outlining ways to prevent, identify and address eating disorders in family members and friends.

Also scheduled for October are seminars from 12-1:30pm on "Preparing Siblings for a New Baby" on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Rm 14E-304, presented by Dr. Deborah Issokson, a specialist in perinatal issues in private practice in Belmont, and "Considering Adoption" on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Rm 4-206, by Joan Clark, executive director of the Open Door Society of Massachusetts.

Special events include a seminar on "The Effects of Birth Order on Personality" on Monday, Oct. 27 from noon-1:30pm in the Bush Room (10-105) with Dr. Frank Sulloway, visiting scholar in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and author of Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives (Pantheon, 1996). A seminar on "Helping Children Cope with Stressful Life Events" with Deborah Rivlin, a consultant with the Good Grief Program in Boston, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from noon-1:30pm in Rm E19-758.

In November, there will be noontime seminars on "Negotiating Job Flexibility" (Monday, Nov. 3, Rm E19-220); "Raising Bilingual Children" (Tuesday, Nov. 4, Rm 10-105); "Choosing a School in Cambridge" (Thursday, Nov. 13, Rm E19-758); "Stepparenting" (Tuesday, Nov. 18, Rm 14N-405); "Parenting Teenagers" (Thursday, Nov. 20, Rm E19-758); and "When Partners Are From Different Religions" (Tuesday, Dec. 2, Rm 14N-405).

Also scheduled throughout the fall are noontime briefings on finding and evaluating child care, as well as ongoing discussion groups. Individual consultations are always available to members of the MIT community by appointment on these topics and on any other child care, parenting or work/family issue.

All seminars and briefings are free and open to the public. Preregistration is requested to assure adequate seating. For further information or to preregister, contact the MIT Family Resource Center, Rm 4-144, x3-1592,>, or see the Web site at>.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 1997.

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