By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia finds a disturbing link between child abuse and the financial problems a family is facing.READ MORE: DA Larry Krasner Announces New Initiative To Fight Gun Violence In West/Southwest Philadelphia
The report in the journal Pediatrics found that hospital admissions for abuse injuries rose in direct relation to an area’s mortgage foreclosure rate.
Dr. Joanne Wood, the lead author, says national data shows child abuse declining from 2000 to 2009, but CHOP researchers zeroed in on the most severe kind of abuse.READ MORE: Man Fighting For Life After Being Shot 16 Times In North Philadelphia Double Shooting, Police Say
“Measuring child abuse is a very complex issue,” Wood tells KYW Newsradio, “and there’s a benefit in using data from multiple sources — from looking at hospitals data, at child protective services data — so we can get a more complete picture.”
Wood says abuse-related hospital admissions peaked in early 2008, at the height of the foreclosure crisis.
“I think this is something that we need to better understand — the stress that home foreclosure puts on a community and puts on families — so that we can better support them,” she says.