Child abuse injuries on the rise

October 01, 2012|By Andrea K. Walker

Fractures, head trauma, burns and other serious injuries among child abuse victims is on the rise, despite what data from child protective service agencies show, according to new research by Yale School of Medicine.

Serious injuries from child abuse increased nearly 5 percent in the last 12 years, the study found. Child protective service agencies show a 55 percent drop in physical abuses cases from 1997 to 2009.

Yale researchers said it raises questions on the accuracy in the way abuse cases are reported to child protective service agencies. Yale researchers tracked physical abuse in hospitalized children using the Kids Inpatient Database, a sample of discharges from U.S. hospitals.

Dr. John M. Leventhal, a researcher on the project, said the findings point to the need for more prevention programs.

The study was published in the October issue of the online version of the journal Pediatrics.

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