Safety habits promoted by Hispanic parents for school-aged and adolescent children

Mary Ellen Ernst, Florida International University


Accidents are the leading cause of death among children. Compliance with safety measures have been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in children. However, Hispanic parents and children have not been adequately studied in the literature in regard to trauma and safety habits utilized. In this exploratory-descriptive study, a convenience sample of 48 Hispanic parents were questioned about their child's activities. The purpose was to determine what safety equipment was used during these activities and how often they were used. Responses to an English/Spanish questionnaire were summarized by frequencies and percentages. Findings suggested that these Hispanic children were at risk for injury due to a low percentage of children wearing the necessary protective equipment. Therefore, education must stress consistent use of safety equipment if injuries are to be prevented.

Subject Area

Nursing|Health education|Sports medicine|Families & family life|Personal relationships|Sociology|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology

Recommended Citation

Ernst, Mary Ellen, "Safety habits promoted by Hispanic parents for school-aged and adolescent children" (1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1389180.