Child Injury and Violence Prevention Amongst Mothers in an Urban Community in a Local Government Area in Benin City, Nigeria

Authors

  • VY Adam Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.
  • IN Oribhabor Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria
  • EP Osazuwa Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria

Keywords:

Child injury and violence, Prevention, Mothers, Urban Area

Abstract

Aim: This study assessed the level of knowledge and preventive practices of child injury and violence among mothers of children less than 18years residing in an urban community in Edo State, Nigeria.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among 240 mothers in Okhoro, Egor Local Government Area in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling method was used. A structured interviewer administered questionnaire was the tool for data collection.
Results: The ages of the 240 respondents ranged from 15-59 years, with a mean of 31.7±8.6 years. Majority, 204 (85.0%) of the respondents had good knowledge of child injury and violence. Also, 134 (55.8%) of the respondents reported that their child had suffered injury and violence within the previous year before the study. The commonest injury the respondents’ children were exposed included falls 58 (43.3%) and cuts 43 (32.1%). Majority, 161 (67.1%) of mothers displayed poor practice of child injury and violence prevention and control.
Conclusion: Majority of the respondents had good knowledge of child injury and violence prevention which did not translate to good prevention practices. Caregivers should be encouraged to look after young children and keep their environment safe. Repeated mass campaigns especially through the media on the importance of injury and violence prevention would help to reinforce this in caregivers and children

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Published

2020-09-06