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Understanding and Preventing Childhood and Adolescent Injury Focus of New APHA Book

Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice and Advocacy

Editor: Karen DeSafey Liller, PhD

Washington, D.C., January 17, 2005Injuries are the leading cause of childhood deaths and one of the most pressing public health problems facing our nation. However, the majority of childhood and adolescent injuries can and should be prevented.

“For the most part, for the majority, we can not only prevent injuries but we can predict them,” says Karen DeSafey Liller, PhD, a leading childhood injury researcher and the editor of the book “Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents,” published by the American Public Health Association.

Liller, who has researched injury for more than a decade, said the idea for the book came from the need for a timeless reference for those concerned with childhood injuries. The book may be used in the classroom, by health professionals and by parents and community activists who want to reduce the devastating burden of injuries on the nation’s young people.

Chapters touch on such topics as costs of injuries and the amount that may be saved through prevention activities, hazards associated with common nursery products, injuries at school, and abuse and neglect. Chapter authors run the gamut from safety standards experts to researchers to injury prevention activists.

David Sleet of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Stephanie Bryn of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Angela Mickelide of the Home Safety Council write in the book’s prologue of the importance of universal involvement in understanding and preventing injuries.

“Individuals, families, communities, schools and other social institutions will be important partners in creating a ‘culture of safety’ for children and youth in the future. To this end, injury prevention and safety promotion is everybody’s business,” Sleet, Bryn and Mickelide write. “It is our hope that Dr. Liller’s book will inspire others to join the injury prevention crusade, for there is much left to do.”

Building on past successes, such as improved car safety through air bags and other measures and better compliance with seat belt and child safety seat use, will help reduce the number of injuries among children and adolescents, Liller said. The book aims to put childhood and adolescent injuries on everyone’s radar screen.

“I think books like this, as well as other books on injury, help,” said Liller, who teaches graduate-level injury courses at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, where she is a professor of health and associate dean for academic affairs. “Especially if they can be used by various populations and various groups.”

Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2005, ISBN: 0-87553-068-0, 377 pages, cost is $39 ($27.30 for APHA members), plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free (888) 320-APHA; fax (888) 361-APHA; e-mail or visit APHA’s Web site:

Please send your request for a review copy on letterhead to APHA Publications Marketing, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710, or fax to (202) 777-2531.

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