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Neighborhood, Family, and Child Predictors of Childhood Injury in Canada

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Objective: To examine independent and combined effects of child, family and neighborhood on medically attended childhood injuries. Methods: Logistic modeling of longitudinal data (n=9796) from the Census Linked National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Results: Child age and gender were strong predictors of injuries. Smaller effects were found for parenting, neighborhood cohesion among difficult children less than 2 years old, and neighborhood disadvantage among aggressive children 2-3 years old. Conclusion: Neighborhood in addition to parenting can affect injury risk. Further research is needed into the influence of neighborhood disadvantage and the processes of neighbor's cohesion at different childhood stages.
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Keywords: child behavior; family functioning; neighborhood disadvantage; neighbors' cohesion; parenting

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Family Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. 2: Evidence-based Practice Center, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 3: Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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