By Rosemary Tisch, Psychology Today, January 1, 2021
We should be very worried”, states Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child:
· Risk for child abuse increases during economic crises.
· Parental job loss due to the pandemic can have negative consequences on young children, including increased risk for psychological and physical abuse at the hands of their parents.
· Emergency Room doctors are reporting more severe abuse cases, although child maltreatment reports are down.
· National sales of alcohol are increasing: 54% for a week ending 3.21.20; while online sales increased 262% from 2019!