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Parental beliefs about supervising children when crossing roads and cycling

Soole, David W., Lennon, Alexia J., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2011) Parental beliefs about supervising children when crossing roads and cycling. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 18(1), pp. 29-36.

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Abstract

Pedestrian and cyclist injuries are significant public health issues together accounting for 11-30% of road deaths in highly motorised countries. Children are particularly at risk. In Australia in 2009 children 0-16 years comprised 11.4% of pedestrian deaths and 6.4% of cyclist deaths. Parental attitudes and level of supervision are important to children’s road safety. Results from a telephone survey with parents of children 5-9 years (N=147) are reported. Questions addressed beliefs about preventability of injury, appropriate ages for children to cross the road or cycle independently, and the frequency of holding 5-9 year old children’s hands while crossing the road. Results suggest that parents believe most injuries are preventable and that they personally can act to improve their own safety in the home, on the road, at work, as well as in or on the water. Most parents (68%) indicated children should be 10 years or older before crossing the road or cycling independently. Parents were more likely to report holding younger children’s hands (5-6 years) when crossing the road and less likely to do so for 7-9 year olds. There was a small effect of child gender, with parents more likely to hold boy’s hand than a girl’s.

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ID Code: 33027
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: parental beliefs, children's injury, supervision, pedestrian behaviour, cycling
DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2010.503327
ISSN: 1745-7300
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 18(1), pp.29-36]. [International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion] is available online at informaworld.
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2011 11:26
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 00:10

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