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Commentary April 2010, Volume 15 Issue 4: 195-197

The commercialization of childhood and children's well-being: What is the role of health care providers?

S Linn

The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is a common and evocative means of arguing for the necessity of community involvement in child rearing. Care for children has to extend beyond the immediate family. It also reminds us that children’s experiences beyond the family – in the neighbourhood or community – can have a powerful impact on their growth and development.

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