A behavioral analysis of dog bites to children

Judith R. Mathews, Kennon A. Lattal

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

53 Scopus citations

Abstract

Approximately one million dog bites occur yearly in the United States, and 60% to 70% of these are to children. Although the majority of dog bites are not serious, some are disfiguring or, on rare occasions, fatal. Bites are disruptive and stressful but also are preventable. This paper reviews the epidemiology of dog bites, examines the conditions under which bites occur, and discusses behavioral factors related to the dog and to the child that determine whether a bite will occur. Dog bites then are compared with other childhood injuries, and strategies for intervening both before and after a dog bite occurs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Behavioral analysis
  • Children
  • Dog bites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A behavioral analysis of dog bites to children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this