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J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Jul;31(6):540-51. Epub 2005 Aug 31.

Understanding unintentional injury risk in young children II. The contribution of caregiver supervision, child attributes, and parent attributes.

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  • 1Psychology Department, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. bmorrong@uoguelph.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify child and parent attributes that relate to caregiver supervision and examine how these factors influence child-injury risk.

METHODS:

Mothers completed diary records about supervision of their young child (2-5 years) when at home. Standardized questionnaires provided information about child attributes, maternal attributes, and children's history of injuries.

RESULTS:

Correlations revealed that child attributes and parent attributes related both to actual maternal supervision and child-injury scores. Regression analyses to predict injury scores revealed child-temperament factors alone predicted all levels of severity (minor, moderately severe, and medically attended), but parent supervision also contributed to predict medically attended injuries.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both child and parent factors influenced caregiver's supervision of young children at home and related to child-injury risk. For medically attended injuries, child attributes and parent supervision both predicted risk, whereas for less serious injuries, child factors alone determined risk.

PMID:
16135850
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