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Preventing Child Maltreatment in the U.S.: The Black Community Perspective
by Melissa Phillips, Shavonne Moore-Lobban and Milton A Fuentes
Rutgers University Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-9788-2064-7 | Paper: 978-1-9788-2063-0 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-2065-4
Library of Congress Classification HV6626.52.J67 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.760973

Child maltreatment occurs in the Black community at higher rates than any other racial group. Given the prevalence of child maltreatment risk factors in the Black community, such as being in a low-income family, single parent family, greater exposure to physical discipline, and less access to services and resources, it is not surprising but nonetheless concerning that Black children are at greater risk for abuse and/or neglect. Unearthing the cause and effect between the challenges faced by the Black community and the life outcomes for Black children is key to making positive changes happen. Through a feminist and womanist lens, the authors unpack the range of factors that intersect and impact the Black community that are necessary to address to effectively protect Black children. Understanding how to prevent maltreatment and promote health and wellness are essential to adequately address maltreatment so as to protect and empower Black children.

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