Accidental policy: an analysis of the problem of unintended injuries of childhood

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1983 Oct;53(4):629-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1983.tb03407.x.


The problem of childhood injury is examined from an ecological, public health perspective, and a range of preventive and ameliorative strategies is considered. Three policy evaluation criteria--efficiency, freedom of choice, and equity--are discussed. A framework is proposed, and examples given, to assist professionals concerned with mental health and with child health and development in critically analyzing policy options.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Accident Proneness*
  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Welfare / trends*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • United States