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Safety of youth employment: a national study of parents and teens.

Runyan CW; Bowling JM; Schulman M; Dal Santo J; Agans R; Sandoval J; Gurrera M; Kline Gurka K; Kucera K; Shi A; Ta M; Treiber L; Gallagher S; Miara C; Harris T
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01-OH-003530, 2004 Nov; :1-190
The overall goal of this project was to develop recommendations for policy, educational, and training interventions that will improve the safety of youth in the workplace. To inform these recommendations, we surveyed youth, and their parents, throughout the U.S. to learn about: (1) the extent to which youth ages 14-17 work in situations predisposing them to injury risk; and (2) the knowledge and beliefs of parents and youth with regard to injury risk and workplace safety. In addition, we also explored the general concerns of parents and youth about work practices, including the incentives and rewards for safe and unsafe behavior at work. The research was guided by the following initial research questions and hypotheses. Further examination of the data is continuing. 1. What work practices do teen workers report. Specifically, what do they describe as the type of businesses in which they work, the types of tasks they perform, and the types of equipment or procedures they encounter? 2. What are the attitudes and beliefs of working teens and their parents with respect to working in different kinds of conditions, the perceived hazards associated with work, beliefs about what they can and should do to address potential safety problems, and attitudes about child labor laws? And, 3. What do parents and teens describe as the role of parents in helping working teens choose jobs, monitor working conditions and address worker safety concerns?
Age-factors; Age-groups; Attitude; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention
The University of North Carolina, Injury Prevention Research Center, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7505
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Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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