What is it about?

Injuries are the leading cause of child death in the United States and much of the world. Sometimes referred to as “accidents”, unintentional injuries are preventable in most cases, and psychological science has much to offer in societal efforts to develop, evaluate, implement and disseminate effective injury prevention strategies. This paper discusses behavioral factors that predict injury risk and then presents examples of interventions that target the child, the adult supervisor, and the child’s environment to reduce those risks.

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Why is it important?

Accidental child injuries present a global public health challenge. Behavioral science can and should be applied to reduce the burden of child injury on the world’s population.

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This page is a summary of: Why “accidents” are not accidental: Using psychological science to understand and prevent unintentional child injuries., American Psychologist, December 2019, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/amp0000487.
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