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Child development, design implications and accindent prevention

Author: Steenbekkers, L.P.A.
Year: 1993
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Knowledge of the development of children is often required during the design of daily life products, in order to make them useful, efficient and safe. These design-relevant data were, however, hardly available for children in the Netherlands. In this book results are presented of a national study on the development of several groups of variables and treir mutual dependence: body dimensions, force exertion, motor performance, physical flexibility, technical comprehension, temperament and the relationships of these developmental aspects with accident liability. These variables were assessed on a large representative sample of children between 2 and 13 years of age in the Netherlands. The measurements were performed at primary schools and health care centers for infants and toddlers.

Besides, results of a pilot study are given concerning body dimensions of children between 0 and 1.5 years of age, which were measured in one province of the Netherlands.

This book can be a valuable source for designers, manufacturers, physiotherapists and physicians.


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