PARENTAL TRAFFIC EDUCATION OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN: ATTITUDES, BELIEFS AND INTENTIONS

Parents play an important role as mediators in most of the recently developed traffic education programmes for young children. However, parents education activities differ from those advocated in these programmes which emphasize behaviour topics such as crossing behaviour in relevant situations. As a result, communication and motivation problems can arise when introducing these programmes. Whether parents prove to be prepared to carry out the rather stringent training schedules advocated in the programmes will depend largely on their attitudes towards these activities. According to the theory of reasoned action a person's intention to perform a certain behaviour is a function of the personal and social evaluation and the likelihood of the outcomes of this behaviour. This model was used in this study to develop a measurement instrument for the investigation of parent attitudes towards the traffic education programme developed in earlier studies. Three target behaviours were selected: (1) the demonstration of the required crossing behaviour to the child; (2) the practice of the crossing behaviour together with the child and (3) the reward of correct crossing behaviour by the child. The results indicate a generally positive response to the outcomes that the parents considered likely. Negatively evaluated was the possibility that children would become overcourageous in traffic, but the parents did not consider this to be a likely outcome. Practice was evaluated more favourable than modeling, reward was evaluated as least positive. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Groningen State Univ /Netherlands

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  • Authors:
    • Rothengatter, T
  • Publication Date: 1982-8

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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VK-82-08 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM