Objectives: To determine whether specific demographic characteristics are associated with the presence or absence of household safety strategies.
Methods: This study was conducted within Growing Up in New Zealand, a contemporary longitudinal study of New Zealand (NZ) children. Multivariable analyses were used to examine the maternal (self-prioritised ethnicity, education, age, self-reported health) and household (area-level deprivation, tenure, crowding, residential mobility, dwelling type) determinants of household safety strategies being present in the homes of young children.
Results: In comparison to family-owned homes, privately owned rental homes were less likely (OR=0.78; 95%CI 0.65–0.92), and government-owned rental homes were more likely (OR=1.74, 95%CI 1.25–2.41) to have eight or more household safety strategies present.
Conclusions: Living in a privately owned rental home in NZ exposes children to an environment where there are fewer household safety strategies in place.
Implications for public health: Housing tenure provides a clear target focus for improving the household safety environment for NZ children.
SOURCE: Sarah Berry, Polly Atatoa Carr, Bridget Kool, Jatender Mohal, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, “Housing tenure as a focus for reducing inequalities in the home safety environment: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand”, First published 27 July 2017
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