Young Driver Education Programs That Build Resilience Have Potential to Reduce Road Crashes

This article reports on a prospective cohort study of 20822 first-year drivers aged 17 to 24 in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The study was designed to explore associations between participation in two education programs for school-based learner drivers and subsequent road traffic offenses and crashes among a large cohort of newly licensed drivers. The two education programs were: a 1-day workshop-only program focusing on driving risks ("driver-focused"); and a whole-of-community program also including a 1-day workshop but also longer term follow-up activities and a broader focus on reducing risk-taking and building resilience ("resilience-focused"). The resilience-focused program aims to empower young people with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to make informed decisions about driving but also about drug and alcohol use generally, including safe celebrating and looking after friends. The program incorporates a range of learning strategies including factual presentations, drama, peer education, and real-life experiences relevant to the social life, developmental stage, and interests of adolescents. Data from a questionnaire that the participants completed were subsequently linked to police-reported crash and offense data for 1996–2005. Traffic offenses did not differ between groups; however, whereas the driver-focused program was not associated with reduced crash risk, the resilience-focused program was associated with a 44% reduced relative risk for crash. The authors conclude that the large effect size observed and complementary findings from a comparable randomized, controlled trial in the United States suggest programs that focus more generally on reducing risks and building resilience have the potential to reduce crashes.

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    • Senserrick, Teresa
    • Ivers, Rebecca Q
    • Boufous, Soufiane
    • Chen, Huei-Yang
    • Norton, Robyn
    • Stevenson, Mark R
    • Van Beurden, Eric
    • Zask, Avigdor
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1287-1292
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  • Accession Number: 01149224
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 7:56AM