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edited by M. Manciaux and C.J. Romer
1991, xiii + 217 pages [C, E]
ISBN 92 4 156119 X
Sw.fr. 35.-/US $31.50; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 24.50
Order no. 1150313
Explores the ways in which scientific research can be used to improve the prevention of accidents in children and adolescents. Authored by leading workers in the field of accident research, the book illustrates the types of studies needed to understand the causes of accidents, the factors that make children and adolescents especially vulnerable, the predominant risks at different ages and in different groups, and the most effective interventions. Topics covered range from different systems for the registration of accidents, through the effectiveness of specific types of legislation, to the reasons why a child who behaves one day as a perfect pedestrian may be totally unreliable the next day.
Chapters in the first part summarize global and country-specific trends in accident mortality and morbidity, review methodological problems in the collection and interpretation of data, and outline methods for calculating the costs of accidents and their sequelae. Chapters in the second part describe research into the links between psychosocial factors and the occurrence of accidents in childhood and adolescence. The third part considers the contributions of technology and legislation to injury control. Points stressed include the effectiveness of passive protection, such as mandatory restraint of infants and children in automobiles, and the need to regulate the design of products commonly used by children. Chapters in the final part evaluate the results of various educational programmes.
"... provides useful information on
accident data worldwide..."
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology