Parental perceptions of legitimate reasons to relax their seating rules for children in cars

Lennon, Alexia J. (2006) Parental perceptions of legitimate reasons to relax their seating rules for children in cars. In Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, 25-26 October 2006. Brisbane: Queensland Transport (CD-ROM)., Gold Coast, Queensland.

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One simple, cost-effective action to improve children’s safety in cars is to restrain them in the rear seat whenever this is possible, as this has been shown to be about 35% safer than sitting in the front in the event of a crash. Moreover, seating position and restraint use have an interactive effect on safety: wearing a restraint and sitting in the rear provides the best protection of all. Despite this fact it appears that a high proportion of children are still travelling in the front seats of cars in Australia. Changing this behaviour presents a challenge as we have little information about the factors that influence parental decisions regarding seating position for children. Focus group discussions were held with parent-drivers (n = 33) of children (12 years and younger) in urban areas of Brisbane to explore these factors. Findings were that parents usually had firm rules that children should always sit in the back. However, there were occasions when parents relaxed these rules for what they saw as legitimate reasons. Amongst these were: perceptions of the trip as short, giving children a "treat", and management of behaviours such as sibling fights and tantrums.

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ID Code: 5897
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: children, motor vehicles, qualitative research, focus groups
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:24

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