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Variations in Teens' Perception of Risk Factors for Teen Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries

  • Author(s): Chen, Katherine L.;
  • Cooper, Jill F., MSW;
  • Grembek, Offer, PhD;
  • Henk, Russell H., PE;
  • Tisdale, Stacey M.
  • et al.

Teen drivers, especially males, are known to be at greater risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision than any other age group. While novice teen drivers’ primary risk factors are commonly known, less is known about what teens perceive as risk factors for peers getting hurt or killed in motor vehicle collisions. This mixed methods study uses survey data from the Teens in the Drivers Seat (TDS) program in California to explore (1) teens' perceived risk factors for motor vehicle collision injury; and (2) the relationship between perceived risks and age, gender, and driving experience. Findings may inform future program development and expansion for TDS and other teen driver safety programming.

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