Lower extremity lawn-mower injuries in children result in significant morbidity with a significant financial burden to the family and society. We reviewed 24 children with lower extremity lawn-mower injuries; all mothers completed standardized psychologic assessments of their children, and 18 children were interviewed. Fifty percent of the mothers had defensive profiles on the standardized psychologic assessment, suggesting the likelihood of denial or underreporting of the child's psychologic difficulties. Therefore, we found the interview with the child to be a more accurate measure of psychologic distress. Prevention measures aimed at parents must emphasize that a child must not be allowed in a yard that is being mowed with a riding mower.
Study conducted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
From the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and *Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
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