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Increasing infant Manslaughter common in Finland

Sunday, 11 December 2011
Finland tops the statistics in the Western world when it comes to children who die as a result of abuse, according to latest report from the Finnish news paper, Sunnuntaisuomalainen.
This pertains particularly to abuse of defenceless, innocent and very young children, under a year old, is Finland high in the statistics. Five children out of 100,000 die from maltreatment in Finland - the corresponding figure for example in Sweden is 0.6. It is estimated that approximately 50,000 children are abused each year. In cases where abuse results in death the perpetrator is usually a mother who suffers from mental problems.

Child Psychiatrist, Anne Kauppi, who is behind the investigation, said that about 200 children died as a result of parental maltreatment during the years 1970-1994. Risk factors are parents' self-destructive behaviour, heavy drinking and domestic violence. The risk of dying as a result of maltreatment by parents decreased during the latter part of the century.

Abortion Act, prosperous and support for families has reduced children's risk of dying. But in recent years the figure has again risen. According to Kauppi mothers and fathers need more concrete help.
By Scancomark.se Team


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