Researchers are studying fathers' attitudes toward injury prevention

June 18, 2012

Topic: Research & education

Attitudes toward injury prevention on the playground may differ between mothers and fathers.

A team of scientists is conducting a study on how fathers regard childhood injuries on the playground.

"Many dads consider it their job to encourage their children to extend their capacity to climb, run, jump and engage in other physical ways. However, research on father's attitudes towards supervision and child injury prevention has lagged behind that done with mothers," said lead investigator Mariana Brussoni.

These findings may be relevant to injury prevention education among fathers.

In order to investigate, researchers from the University of British Columbia are interviewing fathers and mothers in both Quebec and British Columbia, comparing different views between both parents.

Early results indicate that fathers are more willing than mothers to let their children risk minor injuries if they feel there is an opportunity to learn something or build self-esteem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most public playground injuries occur on equipment that is used for climbing. When it comes to home playgrounds, injuries are more common on swings.

Other data indicate that 55 percent of playground mishaps occur in girls. The age group that is most at risk for emergency room visits is children aged 5 to 9 years.

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