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Activism Can Be Good for Teens—If They Receive Support and Guidance

Teenagers helping to make a difference in their communities is nothing new. But when teens take on hot-button issues, the backlash can be overwhelming and even alarming at times. The intense online criticism of students calling for gun control following the deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February may make parents and educators think twice about encouraging teens to speak out. Yet speaking their minds can contribute to teens’ mental wellbeing and even lay the groundwork for success as an adult.

Measuring the Effect of the NJ Decal Provision on GDL Compliance

Read about new CIRP@CHOP research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health that examined the impact of New Jersey's Graduated Driver Licensing requirement on young driver behaviors.

It’s About Exposure: High U.S. Childhood Mortality Rates Due to Car Crashes and Firearm Assaults

New study tells us that teen driver car crashes and gun assaults cause US to lag behind other wealthy nations in reducing childhood mortality rates. How can we reduce exposure to these risks for our youth?

National Teen Driver Safety Week - Flashback Friday

In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), today’s Flashback Friday post is dedicated to some of our most popular NTDSW-focused blogs.

Is Graduated Driver Licensing Appropriate for Older Novice Drivers?

As states consider whether to improve existing Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) provisions or to extend current requirements to include older novice driver populations, it is critical for the research community to provide rigorous scientific evidence. Read about new CIRP@CHOP research that is contributing to the debate.

Improving Road Safety in India

Learn about a new Penn Nursing/CIRP@CHOP study that surveyed employees in India to develop strategies for improving traffic safety in this guest blog post from Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, RN. 

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