POSTPARTUM PATIENTS‘ KNOWLEDGE, RISK PERCEPTIONS, AND BEHAVIORS PERTAINING TO CHILDHOOD INJURIES

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  • Karen D. Liller PhD,

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    • Karen D. Liller, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Liller's research projects have included the evaluation of childhood injury prevention projects and the identification of risk factors for various childhood injuries.

  • Ellen Kent MPH,

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    • Ellen Kent, MPH, served as this project's research assistant Ms. Kent has had previous experience in the areas of childhood injuries, most notably motor vehicle injuries.

  • Robert J. McDermott PhD

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    • Robert J. McDermott, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Dr. McDermott's areas of research include adolescent health and school health education.


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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to assess postpartum patients' knowledge, risk perceptions, and behaviors pertaining to a variety of childhood injuries. Although the respondents did demonstrate some knowledge of injury prevention strategies, deficits were noted in the areas of burns, motor vehicle injuries, drownings, and falls, as well as in the concept that injuries, in some children, are unavoidable. Results showed that greater than 50% of mothers did not know the temperature of their hot water tank. 22.4% who had other children under the age of four did not use car safety seats with them, and only 43% of the mothers knew how to perform infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Recommendations for program development in parenting classes are included in addition to the roles of nurses and nurse-midwives in injury prevention program activities.

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