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Am Psychol. 2014 Nov;69(8):761-9. doi: 10.1037/a0037567.

Hospitality: transformative service to children, families, and communities.

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University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Abstract

Hospitality is an ancient moral practice that was deeply embedded in early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Hospitality requires acceptance of, service to, and respect for people who lack a place in the community. The contemporary importance of this practice reflects the social disconnection and economic disadvantage of many young parents and the high frequency of separation of young people, including many young parents, from their communities. Such social deterioration substantially increases the risk of child maltreatment. Building on the proposals of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, Strong Communities for Children demonstrated the effectiveness of community building in reducing such risk. It further suggested the importance of both relying on and learning from hospitable people in strengthening support for children and their parents.

PMID:
25486150
DOI:
10.1037/a0037567
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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