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20 September 2011

Recession tied to rise in child abuse

The stress of unemployment and putting food on the table may have helped drive a spike up in shaken baby syndrome and other types of abusive head trauma in children during the recession.

The stress of unemployment, foreclosures and putting food on the table may have helped drive a spike up in shaken baby syndrome and other types of abusive head trauma seen among infants and young children during the recent recession.

Calling the findings "highly concerning," the researchers noted that abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death from child abuse and among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury among infants.

Economic problems linked to increase in abuse

 
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