Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Health Sciences, Nursing.




Motor vehicle crashes (MVC's) are the leading cause of death and serious injury among children 14 years and younger (Murphy, 1998; Zaza et al., 2001). The purpose of this research was to investigate the effectiveness of a parent focused intervention on parents knowledge of correct car seat use for children 0 months of age to 10 years of age. A pre-test post-test quasi-experimental design was used to test the effectiveness of a parent focused intervention. The parent focused intervention included a multi-media education program using a variety of learning strategies. For this multi-media education program, parent participants used a self-directed approach. Study results indicated a significant increase in parental knowledge of correct car seat use based on the indicators of age, height and weight regarding key transition times: rear facing to forward facing car seats, forward facing to booster seats and booster seats to seat belts. The results of this research study definitely show that a multi-media intervention program impacted parental knowledge in a very positive manner. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .H54. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1334. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.