Behavior of injured and uninjured children and their parents in a simulated hazardous setting

Michael F. Cataldo, Jack W. Finney, Gina S. Richman, Anne W. Riley, Richard J. Hook, Christopher J. Brophy, Paul A. Nau

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Compared the behavior of parents and their previously injured children with parents and their uninjured children in unstructured play and distracted parent conditions. Injured children were more disruptive, more active, and had more contacts with hazards, whereas uninjured children had more appropriate behavior. Parents of injured children had lower rates of play activities. Observable classes of parent and child behaviors amenable to change were associated with a history of child injury. Further study is needed to assess the use of safe and unsafe behavior as proxy measures for injuries and to identify functional classes of safe and unsafe behavior for which active strategies can be developed to prevent children's injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1992


  • Accidents
  • Behavioral pediatrics
  • Children
  • Home safety
  • Injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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