Parents' socialization of children's injury prevention: description and some initial parameters

Child Dev. 1995 Feb;66(1):224-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1995.tb00867.x.


In a year-long participant observation study of remediative action following actual injury, 61 8- and 9-year-old children and their 27-46-year-old mothers wrote records and reported on more than 1,000 minor injuries in branching biweekly interviews. Mothers reported that 80.1% of injuries received no parent-initiated remediation, 14% received only a lecture, and less than 3% of injuries were followed by parental action. Children reported that 96.1% of their injuries were followed by no remediative action and recalled lectures after only 1.2% of injuries. Remediative action was related to type of child activity (e.g., unstructured play was followed by remediation more often than more purposive behavior) and to mother's affect (e.g., anger) and beliefs (e.g., that injury was the child's fault or due to rule violation). The parameters that influenced remediative consequences, and thus that may influence future injury, are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / education*
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Socialization*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology