Sept. 15 — Doctoral student publishes article exploring effectiveness of community classes for child passenger safety
Christy Adams, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published the article, “Dissemination of a Child Passenger Safety Program through Trauma Center-Community Partnerships,” in the September/October issue of the Journal of Trauma Nursing. Christy wrote the article with Catherine Morris. Christy and Catherine lead the Trauma Prevention Program at UC Davis Medical Center. The article focused on their study of the effectiveness of the trauma center’s child passenger safety education program provided through classes by community partners. The researchers found that caregiver knowledge and self-efficacy for child seat use increased after participation in community classes. The finding is significant, the authors report, because previous studies show improper child passenger restraint use contributes to higher injury and death rates in minority populations.