Middle School Students and Bicycle Helmet Use: Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors

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  • Karen D. Liller,

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      Karen D. Liller, PhD, Associate Professor; Brenda Morissette, MPH, Research Assistant; Virginia Noland, MPH, Research Assistant; Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FASHA, Professor and Chairperson, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Dept. of Community and Family Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

  • Brenda Morissette,

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      Karen D. Liller, PhD, Associate Professor; Brenda Morissette, MPH, Research Assistant; Virginia Noland, MPH, Research Assistant; Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FASHA, Professor and Chairperson, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Dept. of Community and Family Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

  • Virginia Noland,

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      Karen D. Liller, PhD, Associate Professor; Brenda Morissette, MPH, Research Assistant; Virginia Noland, MPH, Research Assistant; Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FASHA, Professor and Chairperson, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Dept. of Community and Family Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

  • Robert J. McDermott

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      Karen D. Liller, PhD, Associate Professor; Brenda Morissette, MPH, Research Assistant; Virginia Noland, MPH, Research Assistant; Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FASHA, Professor and Chairperson, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Dept. of Community and Family Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.


Abstract

ABSTRACT: Previous research has shown that bicycle helmet use among older children and adolescents continues to be low. This study determined middle school students' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to bicycle helmet use. Six middle schools in Hillsborough County, Fla., served as the research settings. A pretested survey instrument was administered to students. Overall. 3,333 sixth and seventh graders responded. Results showed that most children owned a bicycle, 38.1% owned a helmet, but only 15.8% wore a helmet the last time they rode a bike. Many students (49.7%) did not know or did not believe there was a bicycle helmet law in Florida. Predictors of helmet use were intention to use a helmet the next time one rides a bike, having a helmet, siblings' use of helmets, and friends' use of helmets.

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