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NCJ Number: 157499 Find in a Library
Title: What's Hurting Our Children? Childhood Injury Hospitalizations in Hawaii, 1989-1990
Author(s): D Goebert
Corporate Author: Hawaii Dept of Health
Injury Prevention and Control Program
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Hawaii Dept of Health
Honolulu, HI 96814
Sale Source: Hawaii Dept of Health
Injury Prevention and Control Program
1350 S. King Street
Suite 206A
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined indicators for injury-related death and hospitalizations in Hawaii for 1989-90 that involved child victims from infancy through 18 years old.
Abstract: The study used death certificates and medical records as the primary data sources. Medical-record review was conducted for all patients admitted to any of the State's acute-care hospital in 1989 and 1990 for diagnoses related to injury. The study focused on injuries that resulted from motor vehicle crashes, falls, submersions, burns, and other unintentional injuries. It also examined intentional injuries, including suicides and suicide attempts, homicides, domestic abuse, and assaults. The study found that nearly 20 percent of all injury-related hospitalizations of children resulted from intentional causes. Nearly every day one child is hospitalized in Hawaii due violence. Each month, at least three children are hospitalized for injuries caused by abuse, and another seven are hospitalized for injuries sustained during altercations. Each week, approximately three youths are hospitalized for suicide attempts. Boys are 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for assaultive injuries, and girls are four times more likely to be hospitalized for suicide attempts. Prevention strategies are suggested for each type of injury.
Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
Index Term(s): Child victims; Crime prevention measures; Crimes against children; Hawaii; Juvenile suicide; Medical and dental services
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