Evaluation of Cool 2 Be Safe: A Community-Based Intervention Program to Promote Positive Attitudes Towards Less Risky Play on Playgrounds in School-Age Children

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Evaluation of Cool 2 Be Safe: A Community-Based Intervention Program to Promote Positive Attitudes Towards Less Risky Play on Playgrounds in School-Age Children

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Title: Evaluation of Cool 2 Be Safe: A Community-Based Intervention Program to Promote Positive Attitudes Towards Less Risky Play on Playgrounds in School-Age Children
Author: Kane, Alexa L.
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Morrongiello, Barbara A.
Abstract: Falls from playground equipment are a leading cause of injury for children, hence, there is a need for intervention programs to reduce the risky behaviours associated with falls. The Cool 2 Be Safe program was developed based on the results of several research studies that identified effective strategies for reducing risk behaviours on playgrounds among individually tested school-age children. The current study evaluated the effectiveness of delivering this program in a group format within Boys and Girls Clubs. Baseline data assessing children’s attitudes and injury beliefs was collected with a questionnaire. Children then participated in four structured activity sessions in small groups, designed to increase risk awareness and reduce the frequency of risky play in playground settings. Children were then re-administered the initial questionnaire. Comparing pre- and post- data revealed positive changes in risk attitudes. Implications of these findings for preventing playground injuries and directions for future research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3887
Date: 2012-08-29


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