Behavioral determinants

Deborah C. Girasek*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter covers the types of behavior that have been associated with injury causation, to include actions taken to protect self as well as others. The influence of those at risk of injury, as well as parents, policy makers, manufacturers, law enforcement officials, the judiciary, retailers, and nonprofit organizations is discussed under an ecological framework. Methodologic options for behavioral measurement include self-reports, direct observation, and biochemical sampling. Best practices in relation to these techniques are discussed, along with their limitations. Since alcohol use is associated so strongly and broadly with injuries, its measurement receives considerable attention. Finally, the use of archival and secondary data sources is included. Readers will come away with an appreciation for how challenging yet important it is to approach behavioral research from a rigorous perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInjury Research
Subtitle of host publicationTheories, Methods, and Approaches
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781461415992
ISBN (Print)9781461415985
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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