"Don't shake the baby": the effectiveness of a prevention program

Child Abuse Negl. 1992;16(1):11-8. doi: 10.1016/0145-2134(92)90004-b.


The suggestion has been made that a systematic approach to informing all parents of newborns about the dangers of shaking a baby is needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether an educational campaign about the dangers of shaking a baby could influence parental knowledge, and would be perceived as helpful by new parents. A total of 15,708 parents of newborns in one urban county received a "Don't Shake the Baby" packet over a one year period. Moms ranged in age from 14 to 44 years, and 90% were white. A response postcard in the educational packet was returned by 3,293 parents (21%). More than three-fourths of respondents said the information was helpful to them, and 49% indicated that subsequent to reading the materials, they were less likely to shake their babies. Ninety-one percent said they thought other parents of newborns should read the material.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain Damage, Chronic / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Head Injuries, Closed / prevention & control*
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pamphlets
  • Parents / education*