Study Finds Link Between Foreclosure Rates and Child Abuse


The rate of child abuse hospitalizations increased during the last decade, according to a new study by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.

Researchers found that the rate of hospital admissions for physical abuse increased 0.8 percent per year and high-risk traumatic brain injury increased about 3 percent per year. The study, based on data collected between 2000 and 2009 at 38 children's hospitals, contradicts national trends of child abuse reported by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, which show a decline over the same period.

Hospital discharge data shows a link between foreclosure rates and child abuse reports, according to the study. A one percent increase in 90-day delinquency was associated with a three percent increase in physical abuse and a five percent increase in traumatic brain injuries, according to the study.

Read the study brief here.

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