The use of car restraints by newborns and mothers: Knowledge, attitudes and practices

R. Gofin, H. Palti, B. Adler

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Abstract

Knowledge, attitudes and practices with regard to car safety were studied among 403 parturient women in Jerusalem. The mean knowledge score was 22 out of a total of 32. Attitudes towards seat belt use were positive. Regular use of the seat belt was reported by 36% of the women, but the intent to take the newborn in a car seat for the first ride (from the hospital) was reported by only 8% of the mothers. Knowledge of car safety and mother's seat belt use was significantly associated with the intent of car seat use for the newborn. Sociodemographic variables were not associated with the intent to use a car seat for the newborn. We conclude that laws for mandatory use of seat belts in cities and car restraints for children are needed, and we suggest integration of promotion programs within the existing health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume26
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

Keywords

  • car safety
  • car seats
  • promotion programs
  • seat belts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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