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ERIC Number: EJ806479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Prevention of Home-Related Injuries of Preschoolers: Safety Measures Taken by Mothers
Al-Khameesa, Nedaa A.
Health Education Journal, v65 n3 p211-222 2006
Objective: The aim of this study was to find out the extent of safety measures taken by mothers to prevent serious injuries to their pre-school children in the home, and the factors that influence mothers' behaviour in taking these safety measures. Design: A self-completion questionnaire based on a Five Level Likert Scale was used in the study. Setting: Respondents were mothers with pre-school children throughout the state of Kuwait. Methods: 550 questionnaires were personally distributed to, and collected from, a random sampling of college students and their families, employees in selected ministries and companies, and to attendees at selected gatherings. Results: 510 fully completed questionnaires were returned. Mothers were most safety conscious in the bathroom and in preventing children from falling, least aware of hazards in the living room, and had moderate use of safety measures in respect of hazards in the child's bedroom and prevention of burns and poisoning. Correlation of these results with demographic data showed the mother's educational level, number of children, age, marital status, residential status and occupational status all influenced the degree of use of safety measures. Conclusion: Emphasis should be given to the several safety measures found to be not used by a significant number of mothers, and each such measure should be advocated separately. Mothers with lesser education, student mothers, mothers with larger families, and widowed or divorced mothers should be especially targeted. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kuwait