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January 1998

American Childhood: Risks and Realities

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by Dona Schneider, 222 pp, $16 (paperback) and $45 (hardcover), ISBN 0-8135-2171-8 (paperback) and 0-8135-2170-X (hardcover), New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 1995.


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(1):103. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.1.103

This book is well written and changed my opinion about several childhood issues. The book divides childhood risks into 3 categories: health risks, educational risks, and economic and social risks.

In the first part of the book, health risks are discussed. The first year is described as the most risky year for survival; survival is based on many factors, including maternal age, socioeconomic status, educational level, family support, and use of alcohol or other drugs. The increased mortality of black infants compared with white infants is recognized. The reason for this disparity is yet unknown.

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