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The efficacy of the ‘Keep on Track’ educational intervention and its impact on farm safety knowledge levels in rural school age children


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

There has been growing attention about safety of children on farms over the past two decades as agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety [NIOSH] (2007) there were an estimated 907 children under the age of 20 who died from an agricultural injury between 1998 and 2002. This is a death rate of 43 fatalities per 100,000 children. The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of the Keep on Track educational intervention on knowledge levels regarding farm safety among fifth graders in a rural, upstate New York school setting. This study was conducted with a quantitative, quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design. The 176 participants were rural fifth grade public school students who were recruited using convenience sampling from rural communities in three upstate New York counties. An educational intervention was developed utilizing materials from the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Organization, called Keep on Track and was presented during a 40-minute class period. A dependent or paired samples t-test was conducted to evaluate the educational intervention's effectiveness from pretest to posttest. The results of the t-test indicated that the difference in the mean scores from pretest to the posttest immediately following the intervention increased significantly t(175) = -4.619, p <.000. The results of the t-test also indicated that the difference in the mean scores from pretest to the one month follow up posttest significantly increased t(175) = -5.668, p <.000. Additionally, independent t-tests showed no relationship between gender and the knowledge of farm safety at pretest and posttest. Finally, independent t-tests were conducted with no relationship found between farm residence and knowledge of farm safety at pretest and posttest. This study shows the impact that an educational intervention has on increasing the knowledge levels on farm safety in fifth-grade rural children. This study also has key implications for practice application, policy development and future research on this topic.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Nursing;
Public health;
Health education;
Farms;
Safety;
Rural schools;
Children & youth;
Knowledge
Classification
0569: Nursing
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Agricultural injuries; Children; Educational interventions; Farm injuries; Farm safety; Knowledge; Rural; School age
Title
The efficacy of the ‘Keep on Track’ educational intervention and its impact on farm safety knowledge levels in rural school age children
Author
Sullivan, Tina Marie
Number of pages
91
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0792
Source
DAI-B 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124253381
Advisor
Fahs, Pamela Stewart
Committee member
Lake Morgan, Lindsay; Pierce, Carolyn; Smart, Pamela
University/institution
State University of New York at Binghamton
Department
Nursing
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3423931
ProQuest document ID
761140466
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/761140466
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