A Study On Child Abuse

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Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker recently wrote an article in USA Today from a research prospective titled “Study finds more child abuse in homes of returning vets”. The article examined a study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that looked at 112,000 soldiers and their families between the years of 2001 and 2007. Since life-threatening child abuse occurs most often in infants, the children in the study were two years old or younger. The study found that elevated stress of a soldier returning home increased the risk of child abuse in the home, especially for the soldiers who were deployed more frequently. Surprisingly, the study found that the perpetrator of abuse was not the veteran in most cases; it was another caregiver. This showed that the cause of child abuse in veterans’ homes was not limited to the soldier’s experience and stress following deployment, but also included stress the family experiences when a soldier returns home. This article stresses the need for services and support for soldiers and their families such as parenting instruction, childcare, and classes to ease a soldier’s transition home. Increased child abuse in the homes of veterans is a current social problem that impacts a considerable number of families in our society. This article did not specify what type of abuse was measured in the study, but our lecture from week nine on Child Welfare was directly relevant to this article and defined physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
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