Are Mothers Hazardous to Their Children's Health?: Law, Culture, and the Framing of Risk
Linda Christine Fentiman
Pace University - School of Law
July 26, 2013
Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Vol. 21, (2014) Forthcoming
This article will proceed in four parts. Part I will elucidate the current myopic focus on mothers as the source of risk to children’s health and contrast common perceptions about the health of America’s children to reality. Part II will discuss how and why this distortion has arisen, exploring the social science research on risk perception. Part III will examine the history, and nature of, American law, and demonstrate how that law both reflects and reinforces existing sociocultural norms. Part IV will comment on the implications of Parts II and III and suggest how the risks to children’s health should be re-framed in order to develop more effective measures to minimize harm to children.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: mothers, fathers, children, healthAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 27, 2013
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