Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures

Study links child abuse to home foreclosures

Small children may be suffering the effects of the home foreclosure crisis in a serious way, researchers reported on Monday. They found a troubling increase in the number of young children with physical abuse showing up in hospital emergency rooms.

The researchers found just under a 1 percent increase in the number of general physical abuse cases reported at 38 pediatric hospitals every year between 2000 and 2009 and a more than 3 percent rise in the number of traumatic brain injuries seen in babies.

These increased rates seemed to directly correlate with the rate of mortgage foreclosures in a community, Dr. Joanne Wood of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics. There might be something uniquely stressful about losing a home that can lead to child abuse, they suggested.

“It’s well known that economic stress has been linked to an increase in child physical abuse, so we wanted to get to the bottom of the contrasting reports by formally studying hospital data on a larger scale,” Wood said in a statement.

They found that each 1 percent increase in mortgage delinquencies correlated with a 3 percent increase in the number of children 6 and under hospitalized every year for suspected physical abuse and a 5 percent increase in admissions due to traumatic brain injury from abuse.

Rest from MSNBC here…

Press release from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia here…

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2 Responses to “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures”
  1. Bobbi Swann says:

    The banks don’t give one iotta about people….why do you think they would care about children? If any of them had any decency they would not have succumbed to the evil of greed…but they did and one study already shows that most of them are psychopaths & sociopaths. They boot out the blind, the sick, the crippled, small children, babies, the elderly, the terminally ill and our servicemen and women! Get a real grip!!! These monsters don’t give a da** about you or kids or anyone. What’s even worse is that the two candidates now running for the Presidency to run this country aren’t worth a da** either! I say vote for Ron Paul.

  2. woodknotgo says:

    Heart Breaking-thousands of homeless, hungry, confused, abused children of Foreclosure.
    Children need an agency to represent them -which should have been included in the phoney so called National Mortgage Settlement. >>>>>>>>Banks should be required to provide child counciling.
    Banks should pay for Guardian Ad Litem help to represent them in court.

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