PROMOTING THE USE OF CAR SAFETY DEVICES FOR INFANTS: AN INTENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION APPROACH

Efforts to promote the use of infant car seats through health education techniques have been disappointing when strict criteria for evaluation are used. Low-income families were targeted and were provided with educational sessions in the prenatal, postdelivery, and infant follow-up periods. Free car seats were given to 179 clients. Base-line and follow-up observations were performed at 4 months after delivery. The proportion of correctly restrained infants increased from 9% to 38%. The number of infants who were lap held decreased from 38% to 18%. The proportion of clients who had an approved car seat but who were using it incorrectly increased from 11% to 23%.

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    American Academy of Pediatrics

    P.O. Box 1034
    Evanston, IL  United States  60204
  • Authors:
    • BERGER, L R
    • Saunders, S
    • Armitage, K
    • Schauer, L
  • Publication Date: 1984-7

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  • Accession Number: 00395334
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 918
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM