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J Sch Health. 1996 Sep;66(7):247-51.

Parents' self-reported behaviors related to health and safety of very young children.

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JCCEO Head Start Program, Birmingham, AL 35204, USA.


This survey documented self-reported health and safety behaviors of parents of children enrolled in Head Start programs. The sample consisted of eight preschool programs (n = 1143) from different geographical areas of the country. This survey obtained baseline data on parent self-reported behavior as it relates to priority issues in child health and safety. A 25-item questionnaire assessed parents' behavior related to injury prevention, fire and electrical safety, firearm storage, poison prevention, automobile safety, and child supervision. More than 90% of parents reported they use car seats, teach handwashing and pedestrian safety, and keep medicine and alcohol out of children's reach. Fewer than 60%, however, reported they keep guns and bullets stored separately and locked, possess a working fire extinguisher, or have the poison control telephone number available. Findings provide direction for emphasis for those developing or implementing a comprehensive family health education program.

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