Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems

Anne W. Snowdon, Jan Polgar, Linda Patrick, Lynette R Stamler

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Road crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in children under 14 years of age in Canada, despite mandatory use of vehicle restraints. A survey design was used to examine parental knowledge and perceptions of the use of safety systems for children in 2 communities in the province of Ontario. Parents of children aged newborn to 9 years were recruited from 3 urban/rural school boards and from daycare centres and hospitals. A total of 1,263 parents reported on 2,199 children's use of safety systems. Data analysis revealed that only 68% of children used correct seats for their weight and that as the child advanced in age the rate of misuse increased significantly due to high rates of premature transitioning into safety seats inappropriate for the child's height and weight. The results also revealed that parents had limited knowledge concerning the correct use of safety seats and frequently used non-professional sources of information for vehicle safety information. The authors recommend that nurses develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to ensure that families understand how to secure children in vehicles using the correct safety seat for the child's height, weight, and age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-114
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Journal of Nursing Research
Volume38
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Fingerprint

Parents
Safety
Child Restraint Systems
Weights and Measures
Ontario
Canada
Cause of Death
Nurses
Newborn Infant
Wounds and Injuries

Keywords

  • Car seat safety
  • Child safety
  • Education program
  • Intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

Cite this

Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems. / Snowdon, Anne W.; Polgar, Jan; Patrick, Linda; Stamler, Lynette R.

In: Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 38, No. 2, 01.06.2006, p. 98-114.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Snowdon, AW, Polgar, J, Patrick, L & Stamler, LR 2006, 'Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems', Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 98-114.
Snowdon, Anne W. ; Polgar, Jan ; Patrick, Linda ; Stamler, Lynette R. / Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems. In: Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2006 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 98-114.
@article{65bb1529bd294715b37762044479214b,
title = "Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems",
abstract = "Road crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in children under 14 years of age in Canada, despite mandatory use of vehicle restraints. A survey design was used to examine parental knowledge and perceptions of the use of safety systems for children in 2 communities in the province of Ontario. Parents of children aged newborn to 9 years were recruited from 3 urban/rural school boards and from daycare centres and hospitals. A total of 1,263 parents reported on 2,199 children's use of safety systems. Data analysis revealed that only 68{\%} of children used correct seats for their weight and that as the child advanced in age the rate of misuse increased significantly due to high rates of premature transitioning into safety seats inappropriate for the child's height and weight. The results also revealed that parents had limited knowledge concerning the correct use of safety seats and frequently used non-professional sources of information for vehicle safety information. The authors recommend that nurses develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to ensure that families understand how to secure children in vehicles using the correct safety seat for the child's height, weight, and age.",
keywords = "Car seat safety, Child safety, Education program, Intervention",
author = "Snowdon, {Anne W.} and Jan Polgar and Linda Patrick and Stamler, {Lynette R}",
year = "2006",
month = "6",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "38",
pages = "98--114",
journal = "Canadian Journal of Nursing Research",
issn = "0844-5621",
publisher = "McGill University, School fof Nursing",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Parents' knowledge about and use of child safety systems

AU - Snowdon, Anne W.

AU - Polgar, Jan

AU - Patrick, Linda

AU - Stamler, Lynette R

PY - 2006/6/1

Y1 - 2006/6/1

N2 - Road crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in children under 14 years of age in Canada, despite mandatory use of vehicle restraints. A survey design was used to examine parental knowledge and perceptions of the use of safety systems for children in 2 communities in the province of Ontario. Parents of children aged newborn to 9 years were recruited from 3 urban/rural school boards and from daycare centres and hospitals. A total of 1,263 parents reported on 2,199 children's use of safety systems. Data analysis revealed that only 68% of children used correct seats for their weight and that as the child advanced in age the rate of misuse increased significantly due to high rates of premature transitioning into safety seats inappropriate for the child's height and weight. The results also revealed that parents had limited knowledge concerning the correct use of safety seats and frequently used non-professional sources of information for vehicle safety information. The authors recommend that nurses develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to ensure that families understand how to secure children in vehicles using the correct safety seat for the child's height, weight, and age.

AB - Road crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in children under 14 years of age in Canada, despite mandatory use of vehicle restraints. A survey design was used to examine parental knowledge and perceptions of the use of safety systems for children in 2 communities in the province of Ontario. Parents of children aged newborn to 9 years were recruited from 3 urban/rural school boards and from daycare centres and hospitals. A total of 1,263 parents reported on 2,199 children's use of safety systems. Data analysis revealed that only 68% of children used correct seats for their weight and that as the child advanced in age the rate of misuse increased significantly due to high rates of premature transitioning into safety seats inappropriate for the child's height and weight. The results also revealed that parents had limited knowledge concerning the correct use of safety seats and frequently used non-professional sources of information for vehicle safety information. The authors recommend that nurses develop a comprehensive and systematic strategy to ensure that families understand how to secure children in vehicles using the correct safety seat for the child's height, weight, and age.

KW - Car seat safety

KW - Child safety

KW - Education program

KW - Intervention

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33745558171&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33745558171&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Review article

VL - 38

SP - 98

EP - 114

JO - Canadian Journal of Nursing Research

JF - Canadian Journal of Nursing Research

SN - 0844-5621

IS - 2

ER -