Don’t kiss a sleeping dog: the first assessment of "The Blue Dog" bite prevention program

Meints, Kerstin and Keuster, Tiny de (2009) Don’t kiss a sleeping dog: the first assessment of "The Blue Dog" bite prevention program. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34 (10). pp. 1084-1090. ISSN 0146-8693

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Objective The authors attempted to remedy the current lack of empirically evaluated dog-bite prevention
programs for children under 7 by assessing children’s learning success with the ‘‘Blue Dog’’ CD.
Methods Ninety-six 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old children used the interactive CD in an initial exposure phase, a
training and a testing phase. Half received verbal feedback, and the other half additional practice with parents.
All children were re-tested after 2 weeks. Results There were significant increases in safe choices after the
training phase at all ages, with older children performing better than younger children. Children still retained
their ability to make safe choices after 2 weeks. Interestingly, children practicing with parents performed better
than others when under 6 years. Verbal feedback did not play a role, the CD is equally effective without.
Conclusions Children learned successfully about safe behavior with dogs; thus, the CD can help educate
children about dog-bite prevention.

Additional Information:First published online 3 July 2009
Keywords:accidents and injuries, children, educational interventions, health behavior, prevention/control
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C820 Developmental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2729
Deposited On:25 Jun 2010 10:08

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