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Evidence-based assessment of childhood injuries and physical risk-taking behaviors

Karazsia, B. T. and Brown Kirschman, K. J.
OBJECTIVE: To offer a critical evidence-based review and summary of assessment methods of childhood injuries and physical risk-taking behaviors.

METHODS: A literature review was conducted to identify methodologies for assessing injury events and physical risk-taking behaviors. Methodologies reviewed included self- or parent-report scales, behavioral observations, and participant event monitoring. We classified methodologies according to published criteria of "well-established," "approaching well-established," or "promising."

RESULTS: 7 methodologies were classified as "well-established", 9 were classified as "approaching well-established", and 8 were classified as "promising."

CONCLUSIONS: Several approaches to assessing injuries or physical risk-taking behaviors have strong psychometric properties. Opportunities for further psychometric validation of techniques are noted. It is hoped that this review inspires researchers throughout the fields of pediatric and clinical child psychology to adopt assessments of injury and physical risk-taking in their ongoing research efforts.
J Pediatr Psychol
1465-735X (Electronic)
Publication year:
Symptom status:
Emotional state
Functional status:
Role functioning
Children (0-18)
External causes of morbidity and mortality
Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
Mental and behavioural disorders and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Non-patient Reported Outcome
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
2 - Interviews
4 - Performance-based tests
5 - Videos
6 - Clinical rating scales
7 - Observations
BACKIE - Behaviors, Attitudes, Cognitions, Knowledge, and Injury Experiences questionnaire
Contrived or Simulated Hazards
IBC - Injury behavior checklist (parent self-report ORchild self-report)
Observations in controlled environments,
Observations in naturalistic settings
Observations in simulated environments
Participant event monitoring
path selection task
pedestrian path selection tasks
playground risk-taking task
SARTQ - Supervision Attributes and Risk-Taking Questionnaire
Virtual Reality