volume 128, issue 4, PD1-D6 2011
DOI: 10.1542/peds.digest1284
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Abstract: Abusive head trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death from child abuse. Poverty and stress are recognized risk factors for abuse. No studies to date have evaluated whether there is a relationship between the economy and rates of AHT.Results of this study demonstrate a relationship between an economic recession and the rate of AHT. Given the high morbidity and mortality rates for children with AHT, these results are highly concerning.