Parenting adolescent drivers is both a continuation of parenting from earlier periods and an anticipation of a new challenge

Greater parental involvement in the driving process and greater parent-imposed limits on novice adolescent drivers hold promise for reducing driving fatalities. However, relatively little is known about why some parents are more involved in the driving process than others. Driving-specific parenting may be both a continuation of established patterns of parenting and a response to a novel developmental task. Adolescents (n = 242, M age 15.4 years, 49% male) who were enrolled in a drivers’ education courses and their parents (n = 276, 70% mothers) completed questionnaires reporting pre-driving parenting styles and monitoring behaviors; the adolescents’ previous driving experiences; perceptions of risks for novice adolescent drivers; attitudes regarding parental involvement; and expected levels of limit-setting and autonomy attainment once adolescents begins driving. Parents’ and adolescents’ involvement attitudes and expectations for limits on driving and autonomy attainment were linked in multivariate models with established patterns of parenting and perceptions of risk. The discussion emphasizes implications for prevention and intervention efforts to increase parental involvement and limits.


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  • Accession Number: 01528961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2014 10:39AM