Scary faces, scary places: children's perceptions of risk and safety.

Harden, Jeni, Backett-Milburn, Kathryn, Scott, Sue and Jackson, Stevi (2000) Scary faces, scary places: children's perceptions of risk and safety. Health Education Journal, 59 (1). pp. 12-22. ISSN 0017-8969

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Risks to children have been defined from an adult perspective with little or no space given to hearing from children themselves. In this paper we discuss children's perceptions of risk and safety. Children's risk landscapes were con tingent on a range of contextual factors - space, time, people, actions. Their assessment of risk was based on knowledge gained from a range of sources and from their own direct experiences. While children may have expected their parents to protect them, they also expected there to be some negotiation, and a balance to be reached between protection and restriction. The data presented are from a project, 'The Impact of Risk and Parental Risk Anxiety on the Everyday Worlds of Children', which explored children's landscapes of risk and safety. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with children, aged 9- 15 years, in rural and urban locations in Scotland.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0017-8969
Electronic ISSN: 1748-8176
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children; safety; risk; perception; Scotland;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Science and Health Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 305 Social groups
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Item ID: 4866
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 16:04
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 13:45

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