Developing safer passengers through a school-based injury prevention program

Chapman, Rebekah L., Buckley, Lisa, & Sheehan, Mary C. (2012) Developing safer passengers through a school-based injury prevention program. Safety Science, 50(9), pp. 1857-1861.

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Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among young people. Fourteen percent of adolescents aged 13-14 report passenger-related injuries within three months. Intervention programs typically focus on young drivers and overlook passengers as potential protective influences. Graduated Driver Licensing restricts passenger numbers, and this study focuses on a complementary school-based intervention to increase passengers’ personal- and peer-protective behavior. The aim of this research was to assess the impact of the curriculum-based injury prevention program, Skills for Preventing Injury in Youth (SPIY), on passenger-related risk-taking and injuries, and intentions to intervene in friends’ risky road behavior. SPIY was implemented in Grade 8 Health classes and evaluated using survey and focus group data from 843 students across 10 Australian secondary schools. Intervention students reported less passenger-related risk-taking six months following the program. Their intention to protect friends from underage driving also increased. The results of this study show that a comprehensive, school-based program targeting individual and social changes can increase adolescent passenger safety.

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ID Code: 50745
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adolescents, motor vehicles, passengers, injury, school program
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.05.001
ISSN: 0925-7535
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier BV
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Safety Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Safety Science, VOL.50, ISSUE: 9, (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.05.001
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2012 22:40
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 17:10

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