October 24, 2022
During 2021, firearm-related deaths for children rose about 50 percent from their pre-pandemic levels, according to a new research brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
Released this month, the KFF brief explores trends in firearm-related injury and mortality among children and the ways exposure to gun violence affects mental health and well-being.
"While some measures have been taken toward gun reform and addressing youth mental health, challenges remain,” the research brief noted. “Gun violence disproportionately affects many children of color, particularly Black children, and this disparity has grown in the light of the pandemic. “
Among the key takeaways from the report:
Hospitals in Pennsylvania and across the nation continue to focus on initiatives to address gun violence and to provide critical support for youth mental health. Learn more about the growing threat of gun violence and the urgency to address it.
The KFF Research Brief is available to review online.
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