Still in its first volume of issues, the magazine Black Child is an appreciated contribution to increased comprehension in the United States about the perilous environment surrounding the gestation, birth and formative years of many of America's children. The fifth issue, the first that I have read, includes brief articles on Protecting Your Newborn and Helping Our Kids Overcome Fear and Violence.1 A more established magazine called Going Bonkers, which has also just come to my attention, mostly publishes excerpted reprints from books on a variety of psychological subjects. Perhaps of interest to members of APPPAH is an article in Volume IV, Number III on Overcoming Anxiety: The Reassuring Truth about the Shy Child extrapolated from Your Anxious Child: Raising a Healthy Child in a Frightening World by Mary Ann Shaw, a psychologist from Dallas, Texas.2 Finally (and my favorite) is another new magazine called HOPE: Humanity making a Difference which in its second issue included articles entitled When Kids Have Kids and Mother's Mentors, which was written by the project director, Sharon Hackelman describing a very successful North Carolina Teen Parent Mentor program.3 Also included in this issue are the results of a survey Sex and America's Teenagers by the Alan Guttmacher Institute. This survey indicates that 1,000,000 adolescent women become pregnant each year and of the nearly 500,000 who actually give birth, 60 percent of them were living in poverty. As is becoming increasingly evident, these statistics are indicative of an ever growing underclass in this country.4 Since none of these periodicals seems to have addressed the subject of prenatal psychology nor to have touched on the seminal research and conclusions developed by many members of APPPAH perhaps they could become an additional forum for pre- and perinatal awareness.
This issue of the Journal includes an abridged version of the keynote speech made at the APPPAH conference in San Francisco by Lloyd deMause, Director of the Institute of Psychohistory, and a response by Michael Adzema, who is a member of this Journal's editorial board and who edits the journal Primal Renaissance. The film Independence Day has been "psychologically" reviewed by Anne Marquez, LCSW. Sadly and with deep respect I have included a last article by David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. a much loved and honored colleague, friend and mentor who is mourned by many and in whose memory this issue is published. His contributions to this Journal and to his profession were extraordinary. David will be much missed.
1. Mills, Candy (Ed.) (1996) Black Child (5) (July/August).
2. Roberts, Margatet H. (Ed.) (1996) Going Bonkers (3) (September).
3. Wilson, Jon (Ed.) (1996) Hope (2)(May/June).
4. Alan Guttmacher Institute, (1996) Sex and America's Teenagers, Hope (2) (May/June), p. 48.
Ruth J. Carter, Ph.D.