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A measure that relates to elementary school children's risk of injury: the supervision attributes and risk-taking questionnaire (SARTQ)
  1. Barbara A Morrongiello,
  2. Michael R Corbett,
  3. Alexa Kane
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Barbara A Morrongiello, Psychology Department, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada; bmorrong{at}


Objectives The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the supervision attributes and risk-taking questionnaire (SARTQ), which is a new measure of caregiver supervision and child risk-taking that applies to elementary school children 7–10 years of age.

Methods Using a prospective design, scores on the SARTQ were related to children's recent and long-term history of injuries and to parents' supervision scores that were derived based on measuring their home supervision practices over 8 weeks.

Results Subscale scores on the SARTQ related differentially to measures of supervision and child injury scores, providing support for the criterion validity of this new measure.

Conclusion Results from this initial test of the SARTQ suggest that it holds promise as a measure that is relevant to understanding injury risk for elementary school children.

  • Children
  • measurement
  • supervision
  • unintentional injury

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  • Funding This research was funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the University of Guelph.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.