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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


African American infants, African American women-Health and hygiene, Pregnant women-Health and hygiene, Infants-Mortality, Birth weight, Low, Premature babies, Maternal health, Slavery, Racism, Oppression, Preterm birth, Low birth-weight, Oppression (Psychology)


This theoretical study will explore the health disparity between the birth outcomes for white Americans and African Americans. Over the past five years there has been an increase in the literature coming out of the medical community examining this disparity. The recent interest has to do, in part, with the unresolved mystery these stark discrepancy posses. Through an exploration of historical developments beginning with the trans Atlantic slave through to the current state of African American women's reproductive health I will attempt to expand the understanding of how we as a society might better address the great imbalance in health between whites and African Americans. This study will conclude with suggestion for social work application.




iii, 51 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 44-47)