Study: Child Abuse Increased During Recession

New research is suggesting that the recession may be partly responsible for the increase in child abuse among infants. A study published today in Pediatrics finds that the unemployment rates in the 74 counties that took part in the survey rose as the number of abuse cases grew sharply, “rising from about 9 cases per 100,000 children in pre-recession years, to almost 15 per 100,000 kids during the recession — a 65 percent increase.” Combine the stress of raising a young child with wage cuts or lost jobs and you get “a sort of toxic brew in terms of thinking about possible physical violence,” Mark Rank, a social welfare professor at Washington University in St. Louis told the Associated Press.