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Child abuse climbs after Friday's report card, says the study

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released – but only when the children get their grades on a Friday, a Florida study suggests. The curious discovery of scary researchers who had suspected may go up regardless of the specific day the children received their grades. However, their study of reports to a hotmail for child abuse involving broken bones, burns and other confirmed abuse was found otherwise. An increase occurred only on Saturdays after a report card Friday. Although the total prices were small, there were almost four times more cases on Saturdays than on other saturdays. No visible link between report cards and abuse was found on other weekdays. "Unknown, we know that many parents will spank their children or use physical punishment if they are not happy with their school work," said University of Florida psychologist Melissa Bright, senior writer. The punishment can be addictive when the children do not have school the next day and parents think that injuries may be more likely to go unnoticed, the researchers said and noted that teachers are required to report suspected child abuse. Or it may be that serious punishment is less likely on weekdays when parents are busy focusing on report cards, says Bright. But she acknowledged that these theories are speculations and that the results are not a proof. The study was published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers reviewed calls to a hotmail for child abuse and short-term school reports in most…

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released – but only when the children get their grades on a Friday, a Florida study suggests.

The curious discovery of scary researchers who had suspected may go up regardless of the specific day the children received their grades.

However, their study of reports to a hotmail for child abuse involving broken bones, burns and other confirmed abuse was found otherwise. An increase occurred only on Saturdays after a report card Friday. Although the total prices were small, there were almost four times more cases on Saturdays than on other saturdays. No visible link between report cards and abuse was found on other weekdays.

“Unknown, we know that many parents will spank their children or use physical punishment if they are not happy with their school work,” said University of Florida psychologist Melissa Bright, senior writer.

The punishment can be addictive when the children do not have school the next day and parents think that injuries may be more likely to go unnoticed, the researchers said and noted that teachers are required to report suspected child abuse. Or it may be that serious punishment is less likely on weekdays when parents are busy focusing on report cards, says Bright.

But she acknowledged that these theories are speculations and that the results are not a proof.

The study was published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.

The researchers reviewed calls to a hotmail for child abuse and short-term school reports in most of Florida’s 67 counties during the 201

5-2016 academic year. Nearly 2,000 cases of physical abuse in children aged 5 to 11, as confirmed by childcare authorities, were included.

On average, just over 0.6 cases of abuse per 100,000 children on Saturdays after a report card were Friday, compared with slightly less than 0.2 cases per 100,000 children on other saturdays. The mean was less than one per day because so many days were included in the analysis. But in a state like Florida, with a population of school age of over 3 million children, this could amount to 19 cases of report-card abuse compared to 5 on other Saturdays, researchers said.

External experts noted study restrictions, including no evidence that abused children had poor grades and no information about when the parents first learned about the children’s grades. But they said the study was useful to emphasize that child abuse and bodily punishment are still too common even though prices have fallen since the 1990s. The prices were 9 per 1,000 American children in 2016 compared with 13 per 1000 years in 1990.

Dr. Robert Sege, a Boston pediatrician and Tufts University professor of medicine, said bad grades should be a time for parents to find out what causes their children’s struggle. “There is no place for bodily punishment because it does not work and misses the score.”

Sege is the lead author of an American Academy of Pediatric Policy Update released last month, which recommends bodily punishment and spanking. [19659002] An editorial published with a study said the United States deserves a C-minus “for effective discipline strategies.”

Replacing a report card holiday may reduce addiction, the editorial staff said, “but it does not solve the bigger problem: it’s still socially acceptable to meet a child to correct his behavior.”

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