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Childhood farm injuries in old-order Amish families

Authors
Journal
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
0882-5963
Publisher
Elsevier - WB Saunders
Volume
16
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1053/jpdn.2001.23152

Abstract

Abstract Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disabilities in the United States among children, with the incidence even greater among children who live on a farm. Information exists about farming accidents on mainstream U.S. farms; however, little is known about the Amish farms. The purpose of this study was to investigate injuries among Old-Order Amish in Pennsylvania. Teachers in Amish schools were surveyed about their experiences with accidents/injuries among children on the farm. Seventy percent of the teachers reported a childhood farm injury in their family, with the majority attributing this to farm animals. Injuries may be preventable if age-appropriate tasks are assigned to children and they are properly supervised. Copyright © 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company

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