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A conceptual framework for reducing risky teen driving behaviors among minority youth.

TitleA conceptual framework for reducing risky teen driving behaviors among minority youth.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsJuarez P, Schlundt DG, Goldzweig I, Stinson N
JournalInj Prev
Volume12 Suppl 1
Date Published2006 Jun
KeywordsAccident Prevention, Accidents, Traffic, Adolescent, Advertising as Topic, Automobile Driving, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Humans, Minority Groups, Risk-Taking, Seat Belts

Teenage drivers, especially males, have higher rates of motor vehicle crashes and engage in riskier driving behavior than adults. Motor vehicle deaths disproportionately impact youth from poor and minority communities and in many communities there are higher rates of risky behaviors among minority youth. In this paper, the authors review the data on teens, risky driving behaviors, and morbidity and mortality. They identify areas in which known disparities exist, and examine strategies for changing teen driving behavior, identifying what has worked for improving the use of seat belts and for reducing other risky behaviors. A multifaceted, multilevel model based on ecological theory is proposed for understanding how teens make choices about driving behaviors, and to understand the array of factors that can influence these choices. The model is used to create recommendations for comprehensive intervention strategies that can be used in minority communities to reduce disparities in risk behaviors, injury, disability, and death.

Alternate JournalInj. Prev.
PubMed ID16788113