Effectiveness of preschool parent training for TBI prevention and response

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


Department of Counselor Education & Human Services


Advisor: Susan Davies


Preschool-aged students are at an increased risk for injury, specifically traumatic brain injury (TBI). Various home factors contribute to risk of initial injury as well as severity of effects following injury. The present study examined the effectiveness of a training to increase low-income parents of preschoolers' awareness of TBI, confidence to respond to TBI, and knowledge of what to do after a possible TBI scenario. Forty parents participated in a one-hour scenario-based training. Data were collected via pre- and post-tests, including demographic questions. Results indicated that the training significantly increased parental awareness of TBI, confidence to respond to TBI, and knowledge of what to do in a possible TBI situation. No significant correlations were found between the demographic factors and knowledge prior to the training. Implications of the study support the use of educational training programs to increase awareness and confidence in parents of preschoolers surrounding the topic of TBI.


Brain damage Risk factors Study and teaching, Low-income parents, Family life education, Early Childhood Education, Education, Educational Psychology, Families and Family Life, Preschool Education, traumatic brain injury, TBI, preschool, parent training, head start, injury, helmet

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