Injuries in the adolescent population in Scotland: patterns and types of injuries sustained

Health Bull (Edinb). 1999 May;57(3):165-74.


Objective: To provide information on the incidence, sex distribution, type, site and severity of injuries requiring medical attention reported in a nationally representative sample of Scottish teenagers studied longitudinally.

Design: Health visitors administered structured interviews with parents (usually mothers). Quantitative data were analysed using SPSS-PC, and qualitative and textual data were coded using the Abbreviated Injury Score (AIS).

Setting: Scotland.

Subjects: Responses were received in respect of 958 (68%) of the estimated 1,416 teenagers enrolled in the British Cohort Study (BCS 70), and resident in Scotland in 1986/7.

Results: 43% of subjects were reported as having experienced one or more unintentional injury events requiring medical attention between the ages of 10 and 16/17. Boys experienced significantly more injuries than girls. Neither social class nor region appeared to be a significant risk factor for reported injury.

Conclusion: Patterns of accidents in Scottish adolescents are reported. Further areas for study are suggested.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / classification
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*