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Parental Beliefs Regarding Developmental Benefits of Childhood Injuries

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Objective: To assess parental beliefs that minor childhood injuries play a beneficial role in the development of young children. Methods: Mothers and fathers of 159 children, ages 15 to 40 months, completed the Injury Attitudes Questionnaire (IAQ), designed to assess parental beliefs that children “learn from” and “toughen up” as a result of experiencing minor injuries. Results: A main effect for parent gender was found such that fathers endorsed stronger beliefs than did mothers regarding the developmental benefits than did mothers regarding the developmental benefits of injuries. Conclusions: The accuracy of these beliefs as well as their relevance to parental injury-prevention behaviors is discussed.

Keywords: attitudes; children; injury

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 2: Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. 3: University of Missouri-Columbia

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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