Neighborhood, family, and child predictors of childhood injury in Canada

Am J Health Behav. 2004 Sep-Oct;28(5):397-409. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.28.5.2.


Objective: To examine independent and combined effects of child, family and neighborhood on medically attended childhood injuries.

Methods: Logistic modeling of longitudinal data (n=9796) from the Census Linked National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth.

Results: Child age and gender were strong predictors of injuries. Smaller effects were found for parenting, neighborhood cohesion among difficult children less than 2 years old, and neighborhood disadvantage among aggressive children 2-3 years old.

Conclusion: Neighborhood in addition to parenting can affect injury risk. Further research is needed into the influence of neighborhood disadvantage and the processes of neighbor's cohesion at different childhood stages.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parenting
  • Prospective Studies
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Social Behavior
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*