A longitudinal study of adolescent drink driving and other risk taking behaviors: challenges for the change process

The first section of this paper reports on analyses of data from a series of longitudinal studies of drink driving and associated behaviours. It follows a cohort of 4,500 adolescents from junior high school [aged 14.5 years] until their mid-twenties. The analyses aim to answer five key questions derived from the literature regarding risk taking. Are sub-groups of high-risk takers characterised by the same attitudes and decision making strategies regarding risks as the normative group? Do these characteristics remain consistent predictors of high-risk-takers: (i) over time and (ii) regardless of the types of risky behaviour? What are the protective factors that emerge for the majority of risk takers in adolescence and can these be used to inform the content and targeting of relevant interventions? What social, family and personal factors lead to the lower levels of risk taking by females and can these be used to inform road safety interventions? Are the young people who experience one type of injury (for example, MVA), more likely to experience injury from other causes (for example, criminal behaviours, licit and illicit drug use and suicide)? The second section of the paper discusses the development of an intervention for young high "risk takers" to reduce behaviour that "harms self or others". It highlights the need to move from sole reliance on classroom based programs to much more broadly targeted interventions that develop the protective role of mentors in the young person's social context.


  • English

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  • Pagination: 8p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety: T2004, 8-13 August 2004, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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  • Accession Number: 01389846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 3:45AM