Preschoolers' perceptions of their mothers' and fathers' reactions to injury-risk behavior

Accid Anal Prev. 2011 Jul;43(4):1316-22. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.02.001. Epub 2011 Mar 3.


Seventy-eight 3 year-old children participated in structured interviews. Boys reported wanting to engage in higher levels of risk than did girls. Children viewed mothers as allowing boys and girls to engage in similar levels of risk. Conversely, they viewed fathers as permitting higher levels of risk by boys than by girls. These findings are discussed in terms of family socialization.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Paternal Behavior*
  • Psychology, Child*
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Sex Factors
  • Socialization
  • Wounds and Injuries