Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Human Performance and Health Promotion


Human Performance and Health Promotion

Major Professor

Kontos, Anthony

Second Advisor

Silvestri, Lynette

Third Advisor

Warren, Barbara L.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of behavior subscales (inattention and impulsivity/overactivity), grade, and gender to unintentional injury risk and risk-taking behaviors among primary school-age students. The participants included the parents, guardians, and teachers of 109 primary school-age students. The students represented 1st - 3rd grades (n= 61) and 4th - 5th grades (n= 48). Parents completed three questionnaires including socio-demographics, Injury History Questionnaire, and Injury Behavior Checklist scale measures. Teachers reported each child's classroom and playground behavior on the Teacher Disruptive Behavior Disorder measure. Regression analyses revealed that impulsivity/overactivity and gender were significantly related to risk-taking behaviors. Given that unintentional injuries are a national health problem for primary school-aged children, the current study and future studies can be used to better understand injury in this population and develop preventative safety practices to minimize injury risk.


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