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Motor Development as a Context for Understanding Parent Supervision and Infant Injury Risk

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Title: Motor Development as a Context for Understanding Parent Supervision and Infant Injury Risk
Author: Cox, Amanda
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Morrongiello, Barbara
Abstract: Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 18 years old, and is among the top causes for emergency room visits, hospitalizations and disabilities. For infants’, majority of injuries occur in and around the home particularly when they are acquiring new motor skills. The aim of the current study was to examine how parental safety practices change over the course of three developmental time points: pre-mobile, becoming mobile, and independently mobile. Parent-infant dyads (N = 83) were recruited, with infants’ being tracked for an average of 6 months. Results revealed that infant’s injury-risk behaviours were predictable across motor development, with infants’ engaging in the same types of activities that resulted in injury occurrences across time. Although supervision was a strategy applied across all stages, parents’ maintained closer supervision for the independently mobile infants’ compared to other stages of development. Implications of these findings are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9973
Date: 2016-08
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