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Blaming MothersAmerican Law and the Risks to Children's Health$
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Linda C. Fentiman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724828

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724828.001.0001

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Moving beyond Blame

Moving beyond Blame

Real Solutions for Children’s Health

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Blaming Mothers

Linda C. Fentiman

NYU Press

This chapter considers the comprehensive risks to children’s health, which are complex and often interconnected. Only by taking collective responsibility to protect children’s health will the real risks to children’s health be reduced. It is time to embrace the precautionary principle. Instead of addressing children’s health problems by scapegoating mothers, society would be better served by addressing broader risks to childhood health, especially those related to poverty and living in poor inner-city neighborhoods. Offering voluntary medical and social services to mothers is the key to improving children’s health.

Keywords:   children’s health, risk, poverty, lead poisoning, domestic violence, scapegoating mothers, Nurse-Family Partnership, the precautionary principle

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