This research was supported by grants to the first author from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The authors thank the children and their parents for participating in the study and Bev Walpole for assistance with data collection, coding, and entry.
Interactions Between Child Behavior Patterns and Parent Supervision: Implications for Children’s Risk of Unintentional Injury
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2008
© 2008, Copyright the Author(s); Journal Compilation © 2008, Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 79, Issue 3, pages 627–638, May/June 2008
How to Cite
Morrongiello, B. A., Klemencic, N. and Corbett, M. (2008), Interactions Between Child Behavior Patterns and Parent Supervision: Implications for Children’s Risk of Unintentional Injury. Child Development, 79: 627–638. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01147.x
- Issue published online: 16 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2008
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children. Prior research has implicated both child behavioral attributes and parent supervisory patterns as risk factors. The present study assessed interactions between these two risk factors and determined whether supervision moderates the relation between child attributes and injury. Mothers completed questionnaire measures of child attributes and supervisory patterns and also recorded how they supervised their young child (2–5 years) at home on each of 10 randomly selected days within a 3-week period. Results provide support for the moderating effect of supervision: Supervision interacted with some child attributes to elevate children’s risk of medically attended injury and with other attributes to decrease injury risk. Implications for preventing childhood injuries are discussed.