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Informal Parental Traffic Training and Children's Traffic Accidents
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
Uppsala University.
University Childrens Hospital, Uppsala.
2008 (English)In: Upsala journal of medical sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, Vol. 113, no 2, 143-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aims of the present study were (a) to assess the relationship between informal traffic training by parents and their childrens involvement in traffic accidents and (b) to identify factors contributing to this relationship.

The first two studies involved questionnaires on informal parental traffic education, the childs exposure to traffic and traffic-related accidents. Both studies showed that rate of accidents increased with training, particularly for outdoor training. An accident analysis indicated that most accidents involved the use of the bicycle, and that the major part of the accidents resulted in light injuries and occurred when the child was practicing the act of manoeuvring the bicycle. An interview study with 10 preschool teachers identified two quite disparate traffic education goals: emphasis on cautiousness versus emphasis on independence. The major implications of the study are that efforts in traffic training should give more emphasis to bicycle use and should be planned and carried out in cooperation with the parents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 113, no 2, 143-160 p.
Keyword [en]
parental traffic training, childrens traffic accidents, bicycle use, traffic education goals
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17129OAI: diva2:202118
Original Publication:Peder Drott, Bo S Johansson and Bo Astrom, Informal Parental Traffic Training and Children’s Traffic Accidents, 2008, UPSALA JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, (113), 2, 143-160. by: Upsala Medical Society from: 2009-03-10 Created: 2009-03-07 Last updated: 2009-08-17Bibliographically approved

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