Cognitive Characteristics as Predictors of Children’s Understanding of Safety and Prevention
An understanding of children’s characteristics that might contribute to their injury proneness should provide direction for recognizing children at risk and for taking preventive action. Compared to school-age children, preschoolers have a higher rate of accidents (Baker, O’Neill, & Karpf, 1984; International Children’s Centre, 1979). In attempting to discover the reasons for this age-related difference in proneness to accidents, consideration of other differences between these two age groups may be helpful.
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