A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that when an area's foreclosure rate increased, so did the rate of children admitted to hospitals with abuse-related injuries. Is the housing crisis to blame for a rise in severe child abuse?
Here’s another reason for policy makers grappling with the country’s economic woes to keep a focus on kids:
The study, whose lead author was Dr. Joanne N. Wood of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, found that for every percentage increase in a metropolitan area’s foreclosure rate, the rate of hospital admissions for children who had been beaten increased by 6.5 percent. And for every 1 percent increase in the 90-day mortgage delinquency rate, child abuse admissions increased 3 percent.