Increasing Children's Safe Pedestrian Behaviors Through Simple Skills Training

This brief report considers strategies to increase children's safe pedestrian behaviors, namely simple skills training. The authors report on their study that tested a simple, skill-based training method for increasing safe pedestrian behaviors. The study include 85 children ages 5–8 and tested a short, semi-structured intervention that could be conducted by parents. The 15-minute intervention targeted multiple basic pedestrian skills, including looking left and right, waiting for safe traffic gaps, and attending to environmental risk factors. Children behaved more safely following training, indicating very brief training can produce at least short-term improvements in pedestrian behaviors. The authors conclude that the practical challenge for parents is to increase children's active participation in street crossing when such opportunities are available, rather then just take the lead without verbal explanations, when the family is crossing the street.

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  • Authors:
    • Barton, Benjamin K
    • Schwebel, David C
    • Morrongiello, Barbara A
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 475-480
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  • Accession Number: 01054284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2007 6:31AM