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Child maltreatment the focus of study by UTSA, UT Health and ChildSafe

By April 23, 2021May 18th, 2021ChildSafe In The News

UTSA, UT Health San Antonio and Bexar County children’s advocacy center ChildSafe were jointly awarded a $5,000 grant from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS). The grant will fund research related to child abuse in Bexar County.

This grant is well timed, as April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Principal investigator Monica Lawson, UTSA assistant professor of psychology, hopes the study will provide a better understanding of San Antonio’s high rate of confirmed child maltreatment cases.

“This project represents a first step towards solving this problem,” Lawson said. “The bigger picture is once we understand why rates are so high, we can design and implement targeted interventions to prevent abuse and neglect in our community.”

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