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09.09.2016 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 2/2017

Journal of Community Health 2/2017

Child Passenger Safety in the Somali Communities of Columbus, Ohio

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Journal of Community Health > Ausgabe 2/2017
Autoren:
Lara B. McKenzie, Erica Fowler, Kristin J. Roberts, Roxanne M. Kaercher

Abstract

Children (particularly low-income minorities and refugees) are at high risk for serious injury or death from motor vehicle crashes. Interpreter-assisted data collection included key informant interviews, focus groups and face-to-face surveys with the Somali community of Columbus, Ohio about child passenger safety. Measurements included prevalence of child safety seats use, awareness and knowledge of and barriers to proper use in order to inform development, implementation, and initial evaluation of a culturally-appropriate intervention for Somali families. Somali parents regarded child passenger safety as an important topic, but many reported improper restraint behaviors of one or more children and/or did not have an adequate number of child safety seats. Few parents reported having child safety seats installed by a professional technician. Child passenger safety practices in the Somali communities of Columbus are a public health concern that should be addressed with culturally-appropriate interventions.

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