Antecedents and consequences of pediatric dog-bite injuries and their developmental trends: 101 cases in rural China.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: Study the contextual antecedents and consequences of pediatric dog bites in rural China. METHODS: A total of 101 caregivers from rural Anhui Province, China, whose children had suffered dog-bite injuries in the past year, participated in a structured interview about the circumstances, antecedents and consequences of their child's injury. RESULTS: Contextual circumstances identified frequently included outside-home environment and presence of peers but not adult supervisors. Frequent antecedents were dogs' initiation of the encounter, children walking to/from school, and dogs unleashed. Consequences to children identified frequently were rabies vaccines, restricted activity, and fear of dogs. Developmental trends emerged, with bite circumstances differing by children's ages. CONCLUSIONS: These results offer data on common antecedents and consequences of pediatric dog bites in rural China, a necessary prerequisite for development of empirically supported prevention programs in a vulnerable population.
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  • Child, China, Dog-bite, Health, Injury, Age Factors, Animals, Bites and Stings, Child, Child, Preschool, China, Dogs, Fear, Female, Humans, Male, Rabies Vaccines, Risk Factors, Rural Population
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  • Shen J; Li S; Xiang H; Lu S; Schwebel DC
  • Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 29
  • Volume

  • 63