Center for Injury Research and Prevention

ICYMI January 2019: Movie Violence, Drowsy Driving, Teen Suicide, Gun Injury Prevention and More

February 4, 2019

Below is our monthly roundup of newsworthy child injury prevention articles:

Is There Connection Between Movie Violence and Youth Violence? 

In this US News & World Report story, Dan Romer, PhD, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Adolescent Communication Institute with whom CIRP collaborates on research, cautions that conclusions about movies’ effects on violence cannot be drawn from the data studied. Interesting perspectives from other youth violence prevention experts are also provided.

What Parents Know About Their Teen's Thoughts about Suicide

In this recently published study in Pediatrics, colleagues from CHOP and University of Pennsylvania found that half of parents were unaware that their children and teens had thoughts about suicide. 

Drowsiness and Teen Driving

This study found that almost half of teens admitted to driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving occurred more frequently among those who identified as "night owls."

Gun Injuries Treated at Non-Trauma Centers- An Opportunity for Prevention

CIRP Associate Fellow Kit Delagado, MD, MS and his team recently published a study showing that a third of patients with gun-related injuries are treated at non-trauma centers, suggesting the opportunity to expand violence prevention programs (e.g. counseling programs, safe storage intervention programs) beyond trauma centers and into community hospitals as well. 

Suicidal Risk Factors and Incarcerated Youth

Incarcerated youth have a higher prevalence of suicidal behaviors, and a recent study found that there were no differences in suicide risk factors when comparing youth who were and were not incarcerated. This suggests that incarceration itself may increase risk of suicide, and factors associated with this particular risk need to be further examined. 

An Alternative to Spanking

In this blog post, a Harvard pediatrician discusses the risks of spanking (which include increased risk for intimate partner violence, mental health problems, substance use, and aggressive behaviors) and alternatives for discipline.

Factors Impacting Whether Youths Discuss Sensitive Topics with Their Doctors

A study in Pediatrics found that most teens are not discussing sensitive topics with their regular doctors. However. healthcare delivery factors (such as having had a youth provider talk about confidentiality, providing private time with young people during office visits, using health screening questionnaires, and having enough time for youth and healthcare providers to interact) were associated with an increased likelihood of these discussions taking place.

Handgun Ownership and Child Mortality

Gun ownership is down overall. However, the proportion of households owning handguns (compared to rifles or shotguns) has increased, and so has mortality in children <5 years due to gun injuries.