Parental beliefs regarding developmental benefits of childhood injuries

Terri Lewis, David DiLillo, Lizette Peterson

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Objective: To assess parental beliefs that minor childhood injuries play a beneficial role in the development of young children. Methods: Mothers and fathers of 159 children, ages 15 to 40 months, completed the Injury Attitudes Questionnaire (IAQ), designed to assess parental beliefs that children "learn from" and "toughen up" as a result of experiencing minor injuries. Results: A main effect for parent gender was found such that fathers endorsed stronger beliefs than did mothers regarding the developmental benefits of injuries. Conclusions: The accuracy of these beliefs as well as their relevance to parental injury-prevention behaviors is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S61-S68
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2004


  • Attitudes
  • Children
  • Injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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