Is the Bad Economy Increasing Child Abuse?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

According to a recent study, child abuse cases went up 35 percent nationally between 2001 and 2007. In one hospital in Phoenix, child abuse cases are up 40 precent over last year alone. Can the recession be blamed for these gloomy statistics? Or is there something else causing this trend? We get insights from Amy Terreros, a pediatric nurse practitioner who diagnoses child abuse at Phoenix Children's Hospital, and Jim Hmurovich, president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America.

"As a nation I think we have to make it a social and cultural norm that when child abuse and neglect occurs we find it unacceptable, that parenting is a tough job, that it is good for a parent to ask for help and not feel embarrassed, ashamed or stigmatized. And asking for help is not a sign of poor parenting."
—Jim Hmurovich, president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, on one solution to prevent child abuse


Jim Hmurovich and Amy Terreros, MS, RN, CPNP

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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