Prevalence of home accidents among 0-6-year old children mothers' levels of displaying precaution-taking behaviors
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In this study was aimed at determining the prevalence of home accidents among 0-6-year-old children living in rural area in the city center of Balikesir within the past two weeks, their mothers' levels of displaying precaution-taking behaviors towards home accidents and associated factors. The study conducted between March-May 2015 has the cross-sectional design. A total of 238 0-6-year old children were selected by systematic sampling. The dependent variables of the study were home accidents which occurred in the last two weeks and the mothers' levels of displaying precaution-taking behaviors towards home accidents. The prevalence of home accidents among 0-6-year old children within the past two weeks was 22.3%. According to the logistic regression model, the prevalence of home accidents within the last two weeks was 2.68 times higher among the children whose mothers perceived their income as bad, 2.93 times higher among the 0-3-year-old children, 2.53 times higher among the children with a chronic disease, 3.18 times higher among the children whose mothers did not have training on home accidents. The mean score obtained from the Scale for the Identification of the Safety Measures Taken by Mothers was 67.73 +/- 8.53. The mothers who perceived their income as good, whose children were 0-3 years old or whose children suffered temporary disability after the home accident obtained statistically significantly higher mean scores from the scale.