As Unemployment Rates Rise So Does Child Abuse
According to new research, as unemployment rate in the USA soar upwards, more and more children under the age of...
According to new research, as unemployment rate in the USA soar upwards, more and more children under the age of five are physically abused. Along with this rise in abuse, more kids are admitted to the hospital and severe brain injuries in these young children have risen as well. Child abuse experts at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and other hospitals wanted to find out more about the AHT (abusive head trauma) rates in 3 US regions, both before and after an economic recession. Specifically, researchers were looking for a direct link between a recession and AHT. Sadly they found a link. Researchers found that the overall AHT rate rose from 8.9 per 100,000 before the recession, to 14.7 per 100,000 during the recession. To sum up there were about 65 cases per year of AHT before the recession, and about 108 annually during it. AND keep in mind that this was just in three regions, not the U.S. as a whole. The researchers state: "This finding is consistent with our understanding of the effect of stress on violence. Given the high morbidity and mortality rates for children with AHT, these results are concerning and suggest that prevention efforts might need to be increased significantly during times of economic hardship." Stress may make you do stuff you shouldn't, however, there's NO excuse for child abuse. I think most of us have experienced an economic slump from time to time, but that's never a reason to beat up your kid. There are resources available for you, such as:
- Low cost or free health care coverage options
- Food assistance
- Job training opportunities, i.e. money to train underemployed or dislocated workers + most colleges offer low-cost or need based child care
- Child support
- Temporary financial assistance
- Home energy assistance
- Take a deep breath and count to ten, or 20 or even 50.
- Try to figure out why your baby or child is crying… have you changed him, fed him, etc.
- Put your baby or child in a safe place, like a crib, bouncy seat or car seat or another room, for an older child, and then leave him in a room, while you take a break in another room.
- Call a friend or your mom or spouse and get some emotional support – better yet, have a friend or relative come over and hang out.
- Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at Your Child (pdf)
- Non violent parenting tips
- Violent discipline not smart or effective