Alexander Chapman: 0000-0002-5236-3554
This brief summarizes results from a study examining the association between U.S. county-level opioid mortality rates and child maltreatment rates from 2007 to 2017. Places with higher opioid overdose mortality rates have higher rates of child maltreatment. Poverty makes this problem worse - where the proportion of families in poverty increases, the association between fatal opioid overdose rates and child maltreatment also increases. Findings suggest that intervening in opioid use by reducing poverty has the potential to markedly decrease the incidence of child maltreatment.
Opioid Crisis, Child Health
Health Policy | Maternal and Child Health | Social Welfare | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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This research is supported by the Penn State Population Research Institute (PRI), which received core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (P2CHD041025) and by the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Liberal Arts via the Susan Welch/Nagle Family Graduate Fellowship. The author thanks Alexandra Punch and Shannon Monnat for helpful edits on a prior version of this brief. This brief is part of a series of briefs summarizing findings from a special issue of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on the social and community consequences of the U.S. opioid crisis.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University’s College of Liberal Arts via the Susan Welch/Nagle Family Graduate Fellowship.
Chapman, Alexander. (2023). How has the Opioid Overdose Crisis Affected Child Maltreatment in the U.S.? Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. 216. https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/216
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