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Am J Health Behav. 2001 Jan-Feb;25(1):10-20.

Parental predictors of teen driving risk.

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Department of Health Education, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, USA. kb9@umail.umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the nature and prevalence of parental involvement with teen driving and its relationship to teen driving risk.

METHODS:

A statewide sample of 424 Maryland parents and their provisionally licensed teenagers were interviewed.

RESULTS:

Parents were unaware of the extent to which their teens had engaged in high-risk traffic events, such as being distracted by friends or driving too fast. Teens who were allowed unsupervised access to a car at least several times a week were 3 times as likely to have driven too fast than were those who had access once a month or less. The frequency of parental teaching of driving skills was not strongly related to teen risk taking.

CONCLUSION:

The need to increase parents' capacity to impose and enforce driving restrictions on provisionally licensed teen drivers is indicated.

PMID:
11289724
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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