Addressing Systemic Racism in the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Publications

Ernestine Briggs, Rochelle Hanson, J. Bart Klika, Stacie LeBlanc, Jemour Maddux, Darcey Merritt, Vincent Palusci, Carlomagno C. Panlilio, Debangshu Roygardner, Lisa Schelbe, Bri Stormer, Kristin Valentino, Viola Vaughan-Eden, Gia Barboza

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The United States continues to grapple with longstanding policies and systems that have adversely impacted historically marginalized communities who identify (and are racialized) as non-White. These stem from a legacy of structural and systemic racism, and the long-term consequences of sanctioned colonization. This legacy rests upon a field of scholarly research that is similarly fraught with white supremacy. As a field, we must examine the process of producing and publishing the body of evidence that has codified harmful policies and practices. Although racial and ethnic disparities have been discussed for decades in the child welfare and health systems, systemic racism has received comparatively little attention in academic research and journals. In this commentary, the authors detail concrete steps over the coming years that will advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice through American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s (APSACs) flagship journal, Child Maltreatment. The journal is committed to anti-racist publication processes, such that the journal pledges to develop procedures, processes, structures, and culture for scholarly research that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-555
Number of pages6
JournalChild Maltreatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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