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Study Links Increase in Child Abuse Injuries to Economic Recession

When an economic recession hits hard and takes hold of a society, the fallout can be felt and experienced in ways that many would not imagine until experiencing it for themselves.  While some fallout is negative and predictable, other forms of backlash in response to financial difficulties are unforeseeable and tragic.  Sadly, one study attempts to make a link between the recession and one of the most horrific examples of conduct in American society – child abuse injuries.

According to a study that was published in the October issue of Pediatrics, the number of instances of abusive head trauma seen in children has skyrocketed in recent years.  The study compared the rates of head trauma suffered by children in 2004 to that of 2009, after the recession hit the country.  Sadly, that rate spiked from 9 children per 100,000 in 2004 to 15 per 100,000 in 2009.  The study reviewed five geographic areas where unemployment rose during that time and the general economic conditions of the recession held form.

Reaction to this study is one of shock to be sure, but it is also drawing theories from different experts.  Specifically, psychological experts believe that the stress involved with the failure to be able to pay bills and put basic food on the table leads to uncontrollable outbursts that are borne of stress, and children are too often the target of those outbursts.

San Diego Child Custody Lawyers

No instance of child abuse and injury is ever justified, and fathers who see this happening with their children should take immediate steps to protect their children from further harm.  This should be done not only for the sake of a child’s immediate safety, but also for his or her long-term psychological health.

If you are faced with a situation where you need to fight for the custody of your child, then you need to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.