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.
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.
Hunt K. American Childhood: Risks and Realities. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(1):103. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.1.103