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Parental involvement - a protective factor in young people?s risk of road trauma?

Owen, Maureen

Young Drivers

2005

There is considerable evidence to suggest that parents have a stronger influence on their adolescent?s behaviours than they may perceive. Greater parent involvement, boundary setting and parental supervision are associated with less risky adolescent behaviour. In an effort to improve adolescent risk behaviour on the road, Youthsafe has undertaken a multi-strategic approach to equipping parents to better support safe road behaviours in their teenage children. Program components include parent resources developed and distributed to specific target groups, including those from rural and urban NSW and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with appropriate media coverage. This presentation will discuss the influence of parents as a protective influence on young people?s risk of road trauma and the approaches Youthsafe have adopted to address this.