Assessment of Home Safety in Children from Kentuckiana
Barbara Jackson, Maryann Alaradi, Jiying Ling, and Carlee Lehna
Purpose: To evaluate home safety of children in the Ohio Valley Region.
Design and Methods: Using a cross-sectional design, data were collected by baccalaureate
nursing students enrolled in a pediatric nursing course. A standardized
Home Safety Assessment Survey and a Rural or Urban Safety Assessment were
used with 95 families. Participants included 15 families who lived in rural areas and
80 families who lived in urban areas. The surveys were conducted in the homes of
families that nursing students selected.
Results: Families with children under the age of 1 year had lower safe practices,
while those with older and more than one child demonstrated higher safe practices.
Practice Implications: Based on these findings, interventions could be developed
that focus on child injury prevention within home settings. Families presenting with
the greatest risk of unintentional injuries can be identified and given extra attention