Berry, O. O., Londoño Tobón, A., & Njoroge, W. F. (2021). Social determinants of health: the impact of racism on early childhood mental health. Current Psychiatry Reports, 23(5), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-021-01240-0
An article that reviews literature exploring the effects of racism on mental health in infancy and early childhood. The research differentiates between systemic and institutional racism, implicit bias and personally mediated racism, with each demonstrating a negative effect on social-emotional learning in early childhood. A profile of the developmental consequences of racism supports the future development of interventions. The resource includes specific factors affecting the perinatal and infant stages, as well as early childhood.
The impact of racism on early infant and child mental health is a relatively new field of research. This resource may be informative to individuals and organizations that have a role in designing infant and early childhood programs and policies, as well as researchers.