This area of research investigates the relationship between parents and child injury prevention. It encompasses the burden of injury in children, the role of fathers in safeguarding, and risk engagement and protection. Contact Dr. Mariana Brussoni for details.

Parenting and Injury Prevention

Vancouver Father’s Study (funded by Vancouver Foundation) ‐ interviewed fathers of young children to understand fathers’ safety-related attitudes and practices. We developed the theoretical model seen below of father risk and protection behaviour.

To read more about this study see:

Brussoni & Olsen (2011). Striking a balance between risk and protection. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32, 491-498.

Brussoni & Olsen (2012). The perils of overprotective parenting: Fathers’ perspectives explored. Child: Care, Health and Development, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01361.x;jsessionid=5F834668F7E836ABCDBCC8086F71A02A.d01t04?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=

Canadian Fathering and Unintentional Injury Prevention (funded by CIHR)Currently interviewing mothers and fathers of young children to look at how fathering as it relates to childhood unintentional injury prevention is influenced by perceptions of masculinity, gender roles and contextual factors. Collecting data in rural and urban areas in British Columbia and Quebec. More information on this study can be seen at

Fathers Risk Engagement and Protection Survey (REPS) (funded by BCCH Telethon) The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a survey instrument to provide a risk engagement and protection profile for fathers in their approach to injury prevention of their children.

Exploring safety perceptions and preventive behaviours of parents of children with disabilities and chronic conditions (funded by BCCH foundation) – interviewed parents to find out the extra challenges and special injury prevention concerns they had that related to their child’s disability or chronic health condition.

Burden of Injury

Child & Youth Burden of Injury Study (funded by CIHR and MSFHR) ‐ Children attending BC Children’s Hospital with an injury are recruited into the study and followed up for one year to see how the injury is affecting their quality of life, health outcomes and development of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Early data shows that even minor injuries are having a significant impact on children’s quality of life one month after. See more information on this study at

Burden of Injury Validation Study (funded by PHAC) ‐ Validating the collection of quality of life data via paper/pencil, phone and web and to determine the correlation between answers completed within these three modalities. This will help determine suitable forms of data collection as we expand burden of injury data collection to trauma centres across Canada.

Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP)

CHIRPP Injury Surveillance System (funded by PHAC) – ongoing surveillance of injuries to children attending BC Children’s Hospital

Secwepemc First Nation Injury Surveillance Project Evaluation – participatory evaluation the Aboriginal Community Centred Injury Surveillance System (ACCISS) as implemented by Secwepemc First Nation. To read more about ACCISS and our evaluation, you can access our article at the following link:

Brussoni, Olsen & Joshi. (2012). Aboriginal community-centered injury surveillance: A community-based participatory process evaluation. Prevention Science, 13, 107-117.