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Are mHealth Interventions to Improve Child Restraint System Installation of Value? A Mixed Methods Study of Parents.

TitleAre mHealth Interventions to Improve Child Restraint System Installation of Value? A Mixed Methods Study of Parents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsFleisher L, Erkoboni D, Halkyard K, Sykes E, Norris MS, Walker L, Winston FK
JournalInt J Environ Res Public Health
Volume14
Issue10
Date Published09/2017
Type of Articlejournal
ISSN1660-4601
Abstract

Childhood death from vehicle crashes and the delivery of information about proper child restraint systems (CRS) use continues to be a critical public health issue. Safe Seat, a sequential, mixed-methods study identified gaps in parental knowledge about and perceived challenges in the use of appropriate CRS and insights into the preferences of various technological approaches to deliver CRS education. Focus groups (eight groups with 21 participants) and a quantitative national survey (N = 1251) using MTurk were conducted. Although there were differences in the age, racial/ethnic background, and educational level between the focus group participants and the national sample, there was a great deal of consistency in the need for more timely and personalized information about CRS. The majority of parents did not utilize car seat check professionals although they expressed interest in and lack of knowledge about how to access these resources. Although there was some interest in an app that would be personalized and able to push just-in-time content (e.g., new guidelines, location and times of car seat checks), content that has sporadic relevance (e.g., initial installation) seemed more appropriate for a website. Stakeholder input is critical to guide the development and delivery of acceptable and useful child safety education.

DOI10.3390/ijerph14101122
Alternate JournalInt J Environ Res Public Health
PubMed ID28954429