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    also : Abuse of smallest babies may have risen, study finds Small Upswing in Child Abuse Despite Reports By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2012
      also : Abuse of smallest babies may have risen, study finds

      Small Upswing in Child Abuse Despite Reports
      By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
      October 01, 2012

      Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,
      University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN,
      Nurse Planner

      A national study found that serious injuries from child abuse appear to
      have risen modestly over the past decade or so, and suggested that downward
      trends in other studies of abuse may reflect reporting changes rather than
      real improvement.

      Hospitalization for abuse-related injury rose 4.9% overall among children
      18 and under over the 12-year span from 1997 through 2009, wrote John
      Leventhal, MD, and Julie Gaither, RN, MPH, MPhil, both of Yale University in New
      Haven, Conn.

      Children were increasingly likely to die from these injuries before
      discharge as well, they reported in the November issue of Pediatrics.

      However, "these results are in sharp contrast to data from child
      protective services," they noted. A national reporting system from these agencies
      indicated a 55% decline in substantiated child abuse cases from 1992 through

      A second more extensive report by the Congress-mandated National Incidence
      Studies suggested a 23% decline in physical abuse.

      While called evidence of "positive changes in the provision of services to
      children and families, there have been concerns that some of this decrease
      may be due to changes in reporting of cases to child protective services
      agencies and changes in which cases get investigated by child protective
      services and which cases are actually substantiated as physical abuse,"
      Leventhal and Gaither wrote....
      _http://goo.gl/aA71F_ (http://goo.gl/aA71F)


      Abuse of smallest babies may have risen, study finds
      By Maggie Fox, NBC News 9/30/12

      A new look at child abuse reports suggests there may have been a small but
      worrying rise in injuries to babies over the past decade or so. While most
      research suggests child abuse is down overall, the report published on
      Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows infants are far from safe.

      The study contradicts government data collected over the same time, and it
      shows that health officials need to take a better look at whether child
      abuse is getting better, worse or staying the same, experts said.

      “I think it’s premature to make any conclusions about whether it is going
      up or down,” says Dr. James Anderst, chief of the section on child abuse
      and neglect at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.,
      who was not involved in the study. “Medical providers may be getting better
      at identifying abuse over time.”....

      Child abuse is a serious problem in the United States. The Centers for
      Disease Control and Prevention says more than 740,000 children and youth are
      treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries resulting from
      violence every year.

      “Child abuse, neglect or violence can actually affect the development of a
      child’s brain – impacting the child now and for years to come. Our
      Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study shows a connection between child
      maltreatment and some of the nation’s worst health problems, including depression
      and heart disease,” CDC child abuse expert Linda Degutis says in a blog on
      the agency’s website....
      _http://goo.gl/9bZQp_ (http://goo.gl/9bZQp)


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