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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Feb;149(2):174-80.

Barriers to wearing bicycle safety helmets in The Netherlands.

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Department of Health Education, University of Limburg, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore behavioral factors that determine whether children (aged 7 to 13 years) wear bicycle safety helmets.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey.

SETTING:

Three Dutch primary schools in Breda, Maastricht, and Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

PARTICIPANTS:

Two hundred fifty-nine children aged 7 to 13 years.

INTERVENTION:

Wearing a bicycle safety helmet for 6 consecutive weeks.

RESULTS:

Information about experiences with the bicycle safety helmet was gathered via questionnaires. Wearing a bicycle safety helmet was described as inconvenient, time-consuming, and uncomfortable. Children also perceived negative reactions from their social environment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Planned health promotion activities will be essential for the introduction of bicycle safety helmets to be successful. These activities should focus particularly on developing a comfortable bicycle safety helmet, creating facilities to store bicycle safety helmets, and changing negative social norms regarding wearing a bicycle safety helmet.

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