Epidemiology: Prevention Research

Dissemination of Booster Seat Community Intervention

Key Investigators: Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.
University of Washington Department of Pediatrics
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Use of age-appropriate child restraint systems is among the array of effective strategies that have reduced the toll of unintentional injury to children over the past 25 years. Use of booster seats can be effectively increased using a community-based campaign, yet communities in which children may be at highest risk may be slow to adopt this new technology. Special efforts are needed for families and children in these communities. The goal of these three interrelated studies will be to develop a deeper understanding of behavioral barriers to booster seat use, develop a targeted intervention based on participatory research to booster seat use, and test the effectiveness of the intervention in a controlled trial. The investigators will focus on disseminating their effective booster seat program on Latino families, the fastest growing population in the U.S.