The study deals with the reported and observed practices of mothers of children 0 to 2 years old (n = 357) in relation to injury prevention. Prevention practices for falls, poisonings, burns, suffocation, electrocution, drowning and car safety were studied following a developmental approach. At both ages unsafe behaviour conducive to suffocation, scalds and car safety were reported in relatively higher frequency than for other causes of injury. Among infants, out of a total of 11 home safety practices studied, 24% of the mothers reported all safety practices, 52% 1–2 unsafe practices and 24% 3–6 unsafe practices. Among 1–2 year olds, only 1.7% of the mothers reported home safety practices for all items, 57% reported 4–12 unsafe practices out of a total of 17. Out of a total of 23 risks checked, 1–3 risks were observed in 13% of the homes, 4–7 in 54% and 8-11% in 33% of the homes. An injury prevention program based on the developmental stages of the child was developed.
- preventive practices
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology