Stress and Resilience

The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem

  • Leith Mullings
  • Alaka Wali

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 1-20
  3. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 21-71
  4. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 73-105
  5. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 107-136
  6. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 137-160
  7. Leith Mullings, Alaka Wali
    Pages 161-165
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 167-210

About this book


Documenting the daily efforts of African Americans to protect their community against highly oppressive conditions, this ground-breaking volume chronicles the unique experiences of black women that place them at higher risk for morbidity and mortality - especially during pregnancy. Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem examines the processes through which economic circumstances, environmental issues, and social conditions create situations that expose African American women to stress and chronic strain. Detailing the individual and community assets and strategies used to address these conditions, this volume provides a model methodology for translating research into public health and social action.
Based on interactive community partnered research, Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem
  • Facilitates more exact hypotheses about the relationship between risk factors, protective factors and reproductive health;
  • Furnishes a better understanding of chronic disease patterns and suggests more effective interventions to reduce rates of infant mortality;
  • Incorporates the voices of the community and of women themselves through their own words and actions;
  • Sheds light on epidemiologic research and intervention protocols;
  • Examines the social context in which reproductive behaviors are practiced;
  • Provides a holistic framework in which to understand infant mortality;
  • And more.
Filling a large gap in the literature on the social context of reproduction this important monograph offers indispensable information for public health researchers, program planners, anthropologists, sociologists, urban planners, medical providers, policy makers, and private funders.


Infant Mortality Public Health Stress environment intervention production

Authors and affiliations

  • Leith Mullings
    • 1
  • Alaka Wali
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5520-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1369-8
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