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Arch Dis Child 88:18-19 doi:10.1136/adc.88.1.18
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Parental knowledge of school backpack weight and contents

  1. S N Forjuoh1,
  2. D Little2,
  3. J A Schuchmann3,
  4. B L Lane1
  1. 1Department of Family Medicine, Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Temple, TX, USA
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Temple, TX, USA
  3. 3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Temple, TX, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S N Forjuoh, Department of Family Medicine, Scott & White Santa Fe Center, 1402 West Avenue H, Temple, TX 76504, USA;
    sforjuoh{at}swmail.sw.org
  • Accepted 18 June 2002

Abstract

Parental knowledge of their students’ backpack weight and contents was assessed by identifying 188 students who carried backpacks weighing at least 10% of their body weights through a survey of 745 students in three elementary schools. Most parents (96%) had never checked their child’s backpack weight; 34% had never checked the backpack contents.

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