Left-handedness increases injury risk in adolescent girls

Peter Wright, Joanne Williams, Candace Currie, Tom Beattie

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Abstract

In a self-report survey of a representative national sample of 4081 Scottish schoolchildren, injuries requiring medical assistance were more common in left-handers; these were also more severe and likely to involve an overnight stay in hospital. Particularly at risk were adolescent girls with a 32% greater chance of being injured if they were left-handed compared with their right-handed peers. The corresponding relative risk for boys was not significant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-858
Number of pages4
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996

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Functional Laterality
Medical Assistance
Wounds and Injuries
Self Report
Length of Stay
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • childhood injuries
  • longevity
  • left-handedness

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In: Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol. 82, No. 3, 06.1996, p. 855-858.

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