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J Pediatr Psychol. 2005 Oct-Nov;30(7):571-80. Epub 2005 Feb 23.

Effects of parental viewing of children's risk behavior on home safety practices.

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  • 1Children's Research Institute, Columbus Children's Hospital, Center for Injury Research and Policy, 700 Children's Way, Columbus, Ohio 43205, USA. brownke@chi.osu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effects of parent viewing of their child's actual risk behavior on home safety practices.

METHODS:

Sixty-one 4-to 7-year-old children and their caregivers participated in a three session project. Parents were exposed to one of three videos: (a) their own child with simulated home hazards, (b) a pilot child with hazards, or (c) a control child development video. Observations of home hazards as well as parent measures of supervision and vulnerability were completed pre and post-intervention.

RESULTS:

Exposure to a video of a parent's own child playing with simulated hazards resulted in improved home safety practices. Exposure to a pilot child interacting with home hazards did not increase parent safety behaviors. No group differences in levels of vulnerability were found.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parental attitudes are an important consideration in designing successful injury interventions. Increasing parental awareness of their child's risk to injury may be a valuable tool to change safety behaviors.

PMID:
16166246
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