Wood JN, French B, Fromkin J, Fakeye O, Scribano PV, Letson MM, Makoroff KL, Feldman KW, Fabio A, Berger R. Association of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Rates with Macroeconomic Indicators. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Apr,16(3):224-32.
This publication investigated rates of abusive head trauma (AHT) before, during, and after the economic recession of 2007-2009 in three different regions of the United States. Between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2012, 712 children, diagnosed with AHT, were under the age of 5. Incidents of AHT peaked during the recession but did not go back to baseline even after the recession ended, suggesting a long-lasting effect between economic stress during the recession and the risk of child maltreatment.
Adams JA, Kellogg ND, Farst KJ, Harper NS, Palusci VJ, Frasier LD, Levitt CJ, Shapiro RA, Moles RL, Starling SP. Updated Guidelines for the Medical Assessment and Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Assaulted. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Apr;29(2):81-7.
A group of child abuse specialists met over the course of several years (2011-2014), both in-person and over web-based communication such as e-mail, to discuss possible necessary changes in the evaluation and interpretation of children with injuries that may relate to child sexual abuse. Researchers used peer-reviewed journals from scientific sources when possible; when the literature was lacking, they utilized expert consensus.
Gurwitch RH, Messer EP, Masse J, Olafson E, Boat BW, Putnam FW. Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE): An Evidence-Informed Program for Children with a History of Trauma and Other Behavioral Challenges. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Mar;53:138-45.
CARE is a set of skills designed to improve interactions of any adult, child or adolescent. CARE, comprised of a set of skills that can support other services provided to families, is not therapy. Since 2006, over 2000 caregivers, mental health, child welfare, educators, and other professionals have received CARE training with a focus on children exposed to trauma and maltreatment. This article presents implementation successes and challenges of a trauma-informed training designed to help adults connect and enhance their relationships with children considered at-risk.