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Title: Drowning risk perceptions among rural guardians of Thailand: A community-based household survey
Authors: Orapin Laosee
Jiraporn Khiewyoo
Ratana Somrongthong
Mahidol University
Khon Kaen University
Chulalongkorn University
Keywords: Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Journal of Child Health Care. Vol.18, No.2 (2014), 168-177
Abstract: Drowning is one of the most common causes of death among young children in Thailand. Children in primary school in rural settings have a high rate of fatal drowning. Guardians' perceptions are important since children are normally in their care. This study aims to describe drowning risk perceptions of guardians and to identify barriers to developing a child's swimming skills. A cross-sectional household survey was conducted among guardians of children who attended 12 schools serving 48 villages in a rural community. The results revealed that less than one-fifth (18%) of children in the household could swim. Guardians reported that children should learn to swim at the age of seven years. About one-quarter (23%) of guardians did not perceive drowning as the leading cause of death among children. More than a quarter (25.4%) perceived that their child was not at the risk of drowning. No statistical differences were reported on drowning perception among guardians with different swimming skills as well as child's swimming skill. Significantly more parents of children who could not swim perceived lack of swimming instructors, clean water and school swimming lessons as barriers to a child's acquisition of swimming skill. The results highlight the need to consider improving the infrastructure in rural areas to facilitate swimming skills for school children to reduce drowning risk. © The Author(s) 2013.
ISSN: 17412889
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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