Columbus expert links economic stress and child abuse

Columbus, OH – Foreclosures, unemployment and economic stress can lead to increases in child abuse, according to one Columbus expert. Phillip Scribano serves as Medical Director and Chief of the Divison of Child and Family Advocacy at Children's Hospital in Columbus. He says the hospital reported a dramatic increase in the number of cases of child abuse cases--183 in 2008, compared to 148 in 2007. The number of children who died as a result of abuse doubled in 2008 to 11, from 5 the previous year--and he says problems in the wider world can exacerbate the issue of child abuse. He tells Alison Holm specialists first noted the trend in routine statistics.