Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Mothers as Related to Toddlers' Safety in the Home Environment

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Mothers as Related to Toddlers' Safety in the Home Environment

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This study examines the risk factors for unintentional injury of Israeli toddlers in the home. It focuses on the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox ("Haredim"), a culturally distinct social entity, hypothesized to have higher levels of risk than other sectors of the population. A sample of over 400 mothers from three majors sectors: Haredi, religious (and traditional) and secular consented to fill in a structured questionnaire containing the study variables. Haredi mothers were found to be significantly less knowledgeable regarding safety issues and less aware of the hazards in their home environment than their counterparts. They were also more than three times more likely than mothers of other sectors to perceive no danger from falling out of an unguarded window and more than five times more likely to not to place hot food beyond toddlers' reach. Additional socio- demographic variables, as well as attitude and mothers' locus of control predicted behavior and home hazards in all sectors. …

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