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Title: Sense and susceptibility : how mothers view accidental injury risk and develop safety strategies for pre-school children
Author: Haycock-Stuart, Elaine
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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The prevailing rates of morbidity and mortality resulting from accidents in the youngest and most vulnerable members of our population are a cause for concern. Reducing childhood accidents has been identified as a priority for improving health in the United Kingdom and in many other countries. Despite mothers being identified as the main carers for pre-school children, relatively little research has examined mothers' perceptions of childhood accidents or explored their experiences and expectations of health professionals in promoting safety. This study examines mothers' perceptions of childhood injury risk, the ways in which mothers develop knowledge and skills for keeping their children safe and how they are motivated to adopt accident prevention strategies. The mothers' perceptions of the health visitor role in promoting the safety of pre-school children are also examined. The study was undertaken within on Health Board district in Scotland, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative survey methods. A questionnaire was posted to eight hundred mothers of pre-school children, randomly selected from Primary Health Care Data Base and to two hundred mothers whose pre-school children had attended the Accident and Emergency Department as a result of an accident within three months prior to the survey. From the survey respondents, forty members were selected as key informants and participated in qualitative, in-depth interviews. Quantitative data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists. The interviews were tape recorded and transcribed to facilitate a systematic approach to content analysis. The combined results reveal the opportunity of caring for children safely, although certain aspects of this process can be understood by recognising distinct but interacting knowledge, perceptions and motivations. Mothers believed that much of their knowledge for protecting their children was common sense, indicating how many safety practices were socially constructed according to the norms of their social network. Mother's perceptions of childhood injury risk were influenced by their families' accident experiences. However, new or unfamiliar risks were often not anticipated by mothers. This lack of generalisation from accident experiences and from prior knowledge may limit maternal motivation to adopt specific safety practices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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