Parental perceptions of unintentional injury risks to children

Whitehead, E and Owens, DD 2012, 'Parental perceptions of unintentional injury risks to children' , International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 50 (1) , pp. 20-27.

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This paper focuses on a qualitative study of parents’ perceptions of unintentional injury risks to their children, highlighting the fundamental difficulty of convincing parents that injuries are a serious threat to children’s health and that they are preventable. It also explores the parent’s role in prevention, the difficulties they face in keeping children safe and their perceptions of the best prevention strategies. The participants were nine parents with children under 15 years, from two disadvantaged, inner-city wards in the north west of England, where injury rates would typically be high. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and the data were analysed using a framework analysis. The findings indicate that although the majority of parents were able to identify potential risks to children within everyday situations, and offer alternative courses of action, it was significant that they did not feel that injuries were preventable, but rather an inevitable part of growing up. The participants identified information, free equipment schemes and home safety checks as potential tools in injury prevention. However, parental perceptions of the inevitability of injuries were a key barrier to prevention.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1463-5240
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: DD Owens
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 18:02
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:19

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