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Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children's Health

Linda C. Fentiman


In the past several decades, medicine, the media, and popular culture have focused on mothers as the primary source of health risk for their children, even though American children are healthier than ever. The American legal system both reflects and reinforces this conception of risk. This book explores how this occurs by looking at unconscious psychological processes, including the ways in which we perceive risk, which shape the actions of key legal decisionmakers, including prosecutors, judges, and jurors. These psychological processes inevitably distort the way that ostensibly neutral legal ... More

Keywords: mothers, children’s health, risk, lead poisoning, pregnant, fetal protection, drugs, criminal prosecution, child abuse, bias

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780814724828
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda C. Fentiman, author
Pace University Law School

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