Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research in Action Blog

The world of child injury prevention advances quickly in big and small steps each day. The Research in Action blog shares credible and timely commentary on the latest news, research, events, and more as we work together to keep children safe. We invite thought-provoking comments to spur friendly conversation among our readers. We feel that the regular posting of well-informed commentary by our readers will only enhance the quality of our blog. Comments are moderated by the Research in Action blog staff. The comments section is not intended to be a forum for specific parenting advice or to promote a product. Please use the "Contact Us" form for any information requests. Read more about our Commenting Guidelines.

Social Media Exchange: Academia and Practice

Over the past 5 years, the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP)’s digital footprint has grown by leaps and bounds. As the landscape of digital communications has changed, CIRP finds itself adjusting as well, and adding additional tools to reach greater numbers of stakeholders, including families, who can help us protect children and youth from injury.

Why Screen for Intimate Partner Violence? Because Families Need Us To

Read an abbreviated version of a blog from Ashlee Murray, MD, MPH on screening for intimate partner violence in the healthcare setting.

Parents Report On Their Distracted Driving Behaviors

In new research released today, about half of parents surveyed used their cell phone while driving with their 4- to- 10-year-old child.

Beyond Legislation to Curb Texting While Driving

It remains unclear if distracted driving legislation has had much success in reducing the problem. New research indicates that teens who report texting and taking calls while driving also engage in other intentionally risky driving behaviors, such as ignoring speed limits.

Communication and Education are Keys to Protecting Children with Intellectual Disabilities from Sexual Predators

Young people with developmental disabilities seek physical and emotional connections with others just like anyone else, but they are at higher risk of being sexually abused or assaulted by someone they know. I spoke with Dr. Laura Graham Holmes, a Postdoctoral Fellow at CHOP's Center for Autism Research, about how to help individuals with developmental disabilities advocate for themselves.

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