Adolescents' perspective of transport related risk-taking and injury: Definitions, consequences, and risk and protective factors

Buckley, Lisa (2005) Adolescents' perspective of transport related risk-taking and injury: Definitions, consequences, and risk and protective factors. In Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 14-16 November, Wellington, New Zealand.


Injury is the leading cause of death for adolescents in Australia. This is of particularly great concern as the leading cause of these injuries (those that are transport related) could be largely preventable by reducing risk-taking behaviour. In order to reduce such behaviour, effective road safety interventions should seek the input of the target participants. A series of focus groups were conducted with 30 high-risk adolescents, to seek information on their understanding of transport related risk-taking and injury. Primarily risk-taking involved car use, motorbike use, bicycle use, pedestrian behaviour and skateboarding. Further alcohol and drug use in the context of such behaviours were frequently reported. Most injuries were minor (for example, cuts and bruises) however participants identified more serious injury consequences (for example, head injuries and miscarriage). It was also found that the risk-taking was done in the context of peers, who exert a direct and indirect pressure to conform. Multiple risk and protective factors were also identified related to the individual and their environment. The results will be further discussed in terms of the value of seeking target participants’ perspective of road safety issues and how this information will be used to design a prevention program.

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ID Code: 3886
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: road safety, prevention
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
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 2005 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference paper can be freely accessed online via the conference web page (see link)
Deposited On: 18 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2013 23:40

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