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While poverty is typically associated with difficult childhoods, its connection to child fatalities has been overlooked until a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Drawing data from the Centers for Disease Control mortality files, this study comprises of cross-sectional analyses of child abuse fatalities in the U.S. from 1999-2014, which have been linked to poverty data from the U.S. Census.

The study found that counties with the highest poverty rates had three times as many deaths resulting from child abuse.

These disheartening discoveries serve as “a call to arms for us to work to develop strategies to overcome the effect of poverty through strategies that can provide the protective resiliencies needed to these low income communities”.

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New Study Highlights Deadly Connection Between Poverty and Child Abuse