Family processes and child risk for injury

Behav Res Ther. 1997 Mar;35(3):179-90. doi: 10.1016/s0005-7967(96)00100-3.


Although injuries are the leading health threat to children, behavioral interventions within the family to prevent injuries remain relatively unexplored. In this paper, the parenting literature relevant to maltreatment injuries is reviewed in order to offer a broader picture of the potential influence of the family on all kinds of injuries. Factors that influence parental supervision of risky child behavior, relationship issues that may potentiate risky behavior, and the role of behavioral rules in reducing risky responding are considered. Suggestions for future research on family processes in injury socialization and intervention options are advanced.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Parents / education*
  • Risk-Taking
  • Socialization
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology