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Developing and Evaluating the S.A.F.E.R. Near Water Program: An Intervention to Enhance Beliefs Relevant to Supervision and Drowning Risk in Parents With Young Children in Swimming Lessons

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dc.contributor.advisor Morrongiello, Barbara
dc.contributor.author Sandomierski, Megan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-13T21:34:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-13T21:34:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-12
dc.date.created 2017-12-06
dc.date.issued 2017-12-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12078
dc.description.abstract The current study aimed to develop and evaluate the S.A.F.E.R. Near Water program, an evidence-based and theory-driven intervention targeting parent beliefs relevant to keeping children safe around water. Parents with children aged two through five years who were enrolled in lessons at both public and private swim organizations participated. Within each organization, parents were assigned to either an Intervention or Control Condition. All parents completed the same questionnaire measures at the beginning and end of their child’s swim lesson period. Parents in the Intervention Condition participated in the S.A.F.E.R. Near Water program, which comprised in-person educational seminars, informational handouts, and posters reinforcing key safety messages. Results revealed that S.A.F.E.R. Near Water successfully communicated most intended messages and was well received by parents. It significantly improved parental perceptions related to supervision, drowning risk, optimism bias, and water safety. These findings are encouraging for the use of a multifaceted, parent-focused, educational program alongside swim programming to promote closer adult supervision of children around water. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Institutes of Health Research en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Child drowning prevention en_US
dc.subject Swimming lessons en_US
dc.subject Parent supervision en_US
dc.subject Water safety en_US
dc.subject Parent intervention en_US
dc.title Developing and Evaluating the S.A.F.E.R. Near Water Program: An Intervention to Enhance Beliefs Relevant to Supervision and Drowning Risk in Parents With Young Children in Swimming Lessons en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Psychology en_US


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