ERIC Number: ED314204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-16
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Early Childhood Injury Deaths in Washington State.
Starzyk, Patricia M.
This paper discusses data on the deaths of children aged 1-4 years in Washington State. A two-fold approach was used in the analysis. First, Washington State death certificate data for 1979-85 were used to characterize the deaths and identify hazardous situations. Second, death certificates were linked to birth certificates of children born in Washington in an effort to examine the role that birth and family characteristics play in early childhood death. The results indicate that the leading categories of early childhood injury death are motor vehicle accidents, drowning, fires, suffocation, and homicide. A total of 31 percent of the deaths occurred in the home, while 57 percent took place outside the home. Deaths from injury inside the home were particularly prevalent among children with low birth weights. The most common risk factor identified was the presence of other children in the family. In addition, certain lifestyle habits, such as drinking and smoking, place both parent and child at risk. (RJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington