Child Abuse Increased During Recession, Study Says

September 19, 2011 Updated Sep 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM EDT

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Child Abuse Increased During Recession, Study Says

September 19, 2011 Updated Sep 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM EDT

A new study published this week finds that the number of head injuries suffered by children due to child abuse has risen significantly since the start of the recent recession, according to a story on the website of U.S. News & World Report.

According to the report, the study shows that instances of abusive head trauma in children five years of old or younger increased from a rate of around nine per 100,000 to a rate of around 15 per 100,000 from 2004-09. Though the study can't say the increase is directly related to difficult economic times, its lead author calls the findings "highly concerning."

Read the U.S. News and World Report story HERE.