Behaviors Increasing the Risk of Crash Injury in Latino Adolescent Males: The Influence of Acculturation and Parent Connectedness

Motor vehicle crashes (MVC) are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens and cause the largest proportion of mortality among Latino adolescent males. MVC-related injury disparities persist and are growing among U.S. Latino adolescent males, where current mortality rates exceed those of their non-Latino white peers. For adolescent drivers, substance use is a known risk factor for a serious or fatal MVC. The study sought to assess the effects of acculturation and parent connectedness on behaviors increasing the risk of crash injury in Latino adolescent males. The study included a total of 138 Latino adolescent males with an overall mean age of 16.9 years. Males of Puerto Rican descent represented the largest portion of the sample (59.1%) and although the majority of participants were US-born (61.6%), most had at least one parent that was foreign born (84.1%). Few adolescents had a driver’s license or permit (10.1%) and many reported unlicensed driving (55.1%). The results show strong relationships between parent connectedness, acculturation, and substance use behaviors placing Latino teen males at increased risk for MVCs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 369–372
  • Monograph Title: Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 57th Annual Scientific Conference, Québec City, Canada, September 23-25, 2013
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  • Accession Number: 01528323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2014 9:03AM