Did You Know?: Child Abuse Linked to Recession
Iím Jeremy Shere.
The ongoing recession has a toll on many Americans. But did you know that it may be linked to an uptick in child abuse?
Researchers at Childrenís Hospital of Pittsburgh found that from 2004 to 2007, the rate of kids showing up at hospitals with abusive head injuries was just below 9 per year per 100,000 children. Since 2008, though, when the recession began, that number has jumped to nearly 15 per 100,000.
Itís not clear how or why the recession may be causing more child abuse. Other studies have linked parenting stress to abusive behavior.
And some researchers speculate that financial hardship may be forcing moms to leave children with inexperienced or unsuited caretakers--fathers or male relatives, for example--who are often to blame in child abuse cases.
And now you know.
Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.