Understanding parental motivators and barriers to uptake of child poison safety strategies: a qualitative study

Gibbs, Lisa, Waters, Elizabeth, Sherrard, J., Ozanne-Smith, J., Robinson, J., Young, S. and Hutchinson, A. 2005, Understanding parental motivators and barriers to uptake of child poison safety strategies: a qualitative study, Injury prevention, vol. 11, no. 2005, pp. 373-377.

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Title Understanding parental motivators and barriers to uptake of child poison safety strategies: a qualitative study
Author(s) Gibbs, Lisa
Waters, Elizabeth
Sherrard, J.
Ozanne-Smith, J.
Robinson, J.
Young, S.
Hutchinson, A.
Journal name Injury prevention
Volume number 11
Issue number 2005
Start page 373
End page 377
Publisher B M J Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1353-8047
1475-5785
Keyword(s) child
poisoning
unintentional
qualitative
Summary Objectives: To develop an understanding of factors acting as barriers and motivators to parental uptake of child poison safety strategies.

Design:
A qualitative study involving semistructured interviews and focus groups. A grounded theory approach was used for the collection and analysis of data.

Participants: Sixty five parents of children under 5 years of age, some of whom had experienced an unintentional child poisoning incident.

Results: A range of knowledge based, environmental, and behavioral barriers to comprehensive parental uptake of poison safety practices were identified. As a result there tended to be only partial implementation of safety initiatives in the home. Selection of safety practices was often guided by the interests and behaviors of the child. This made the child vulnerable to changes in the home environment, inadequate supervision, and/or shifts in their own behavior and developmental ability. Personal or vicarious exposure of a parent to a child poisoning incident was a significant motivator for parental review of safety practices.

Conclusion: Environmental measures targeting child resistant containers, warning labels, and lockable poisons cupboards will support parents’ efforts to maintain poison safety. Additional education campaigns using stories of actual poisoning incidents may help to increase awareness of risk and encourage increased uptake.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003152

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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