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The impact of the "Under the Limit" drink driving rehabilitation program on the lifestyle and behaviour of offenders

Ferguson, Megan, Schonfeld, Cynthia C., Sheehan, Mary C., & Siskind, Victor (2001) The impact of the "Under the Limit" drink driving rehabilitation program on the lifestyle and behaviour of offenders. ATSB Monograph, CR187. Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Canberra, ACT.

Abstract

This report examines lifestyle and behaviour change among a group of drink driving offenders who undertook the “Under the Limit‿ (UTL) drink driving rehabilitation program during 1997. The report complements other reports which examine community change and recidivism as part of the evaluation of the UTL program. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 125 drink driving offenders at the time of their court appearance and again 9 months later. The sample consisted of 62 offenders who undertook the UTL program and 63 offenders who acted as a control group. The interview schedule included measures identified in the literature as potentially contributing to recidivism – socio-demography, mental health status, social support and self-esteem, questions pertaining to knowledge, attitudes and drink driving behaviours, and measures of alcohol problems. Few differences were found between the UTL and Control groups at the time of their first interview. However, offenders in the UTL group were found to have significantly more prior drink driving convictions, more accurate knowledge of alcohol-related issues and more willingness to change their alcohol problems than offenders in the control group. Over time, the UTL program did appear to impact on offenders’ intentions to change their driving behaviours to avoid a future drink driving offence, with a subsequent decrease in self-reported drink driving being seen among the UTL group relative to the Control group.

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ID Code: 7947
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Part of the evaluation of the 'Under the Limit' drink driving rehabilitation program.
Keywords: Drink driving, Lifestyle change
ISBN: 0642255326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Counselling Welfare and Community Services (160702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:41

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