Recession’s Impact On Child Abuse - Page 2
• 22 percent of our nation’s children live at poverty level
• 39 percent of black children live at poverty level
• 35 percent of Hispanic children live at poverty level
• 2010 poverty level for a family of four is $22,314
• 2010 poverty level for a single person is $11,139
• Over 15 percent of Americans are said to be living at or below poverty level
While the Federal government information reviewed disputed a link between the recession and the increase in cases of child abuse, the data the authors used in the study was obtained from child protective services. Clearly this study isn’t absolute proof of a recession causing child abuse. Further study is needed to truly clarify if in fact the recession is the cause, but none the less, the results of this study are quite disturbing. The stress level in poor families is quite high and our current economy pushes that existing stress to an even higher level. Increased stress leads to increased risk of child abuse. This study is a wake up call.