Secondary analysis of the “Love Me…Never Shake Me” SBS education program

DEYO Grace, SKYBO Theresa, CARROLL Alisa
Journal article citation:
Child Abuse and Neglect, 32(11), November 2008, pp.1017-1025.

This study examined the effectiveness of an Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) prevention program in the US. A descriptive, secondary analysis of the Prevent Child Abuse Ohio (PCAO) “Love Me…Never Shake Me” SBS education program database included 7,051 women who completed a commitment statement, pre and post-test, and follow-up survey. Participants were mostly White (76%), had at least some college education (62%), were privately insured (62%), and lived with the father and infant (63%). Mothers knew of the dangers of shaking (96%) and recommended SBS education for all parents (98%) because they found it helpful (97%). Scores on the pre and post-tests were significantly different, but there was no difference based on education site or demographics. There was a significant increase in a pre/post-test item pertaining to infant crying. At follow-up, participants remembered postpartum SBS education (98%), but post-discharge did not receive SBS education from their primary care provider (62%). Most mothers practiced infant soothing techniques (79%) provided in the education; however, few women practiced self-coping techniques (36%) and accessed community support services (9%). Postpartum SBS prevention education should continue. Development of SBS programs should result from these study findings focusing on education content and program evaluation.

Subject terms:
parental skills training, prevention, child abuse, head injuries, health education;
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United States
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