Posted by admin on Jul 16, 2012
A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that the nation’s continuing economic and foreclosure crisis may be a reason why rates of physical abuse and brain injury among children remain high.
An excerpt from the press article:
For current foreclosures, a 1% point change over the previous year was associated with a 6.50% rise in abuse (95% CI 1.69 to 11.55, P=0.008) and a 10.21% increase in traumatic brain injury (95% CI 5.56 to 15.06, P<0.001).
Once again, however, there was no significant change in all-cause injury (P=0.6).
“These results suggest that housing concerns were a significant source of stress within communities and a harbinger for community maltreatment rates,” the researchers observed.
As a related item, please read the recent policy brief on the link between housing, planning, and public health in Connecticut at this link. This brief was created by CADH and funded through the Connecticut Health Foundation. It makes the case for policy strategies that improve conditions to promote health and health equity by engaging partners across multiple sectors, particularly in housing.