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Relation of Parent-Teen Agreement on Restrictions to Teen Risky Driving Over 9 Months

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Objectives: To determine the relations among parent-teen discordance for restrictions on driving conditions, driving rules, and consequences for rule violations at licensure and subsequent risky teen driving. Methods: Parents and teens completed telephone interviews at 1, 4, and 9 months after teens became licensed. Results: At each time interval, the degree of disagreement with parent restrictions on driving conditions was positively associated with teen risky driving. Conclusions: These results demonstrate a positive association between parent-teen discordance for driving conditions and teen risky driving. Initial establishment of restrictions and agreement with them may have longer term protective effects against teen driving risk.

Keywords: adolescent driving; discordance; parenting; restrictions

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Professor, Department of Public and Community Health, University of Mary- land, College Park, MD. 2: Assis- tant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Administration, College of Health and Hu- man Services, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. 3: Chief, Prevention Re- search Branch, DESPR/NICHD/NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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