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The role of skills, attitudes, and perceived behaviour control in pedestrian decision-making of adolescents aged 11-15 years

Tolmie, Andrew and Thomson, James and O'Connor, R. and Karagiannidou, E. and Banks, M. and O'Donnell, C. and Sarvary, P. (2006) The role of skills, attitudes, and perceived behaviour control in pedestrian decision-making of adolescents aged 11-15 years. Road Safety Research Report, 68 . Department of Transport Publications, Wetherby, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781904763642

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Abstract

The peak age for pedestrian accidents among school pupils in the UK is between 12 and 14 years, following the transition to secondary school, and after children have apparently become relatively competent at interacting with traffic. The reason why vulnerability should increase when underlying skills have improved is unclear. A better understanding of the processes at work is therefore needed in order to determine what steps might be taken to counteract this problem. This report details two studies designed to unravel which factors contribute most to increases in unsafe pedestrian behaviour between the ages of 11 and 15 years. Study 1 focused on whether young adolescents do, in fact, have limited skills for dealing with more complex traffic environments; and whether, in spite of this, they underestimate the difficulty of road-crossing decisions, and ignore signs that their performance is less adequate than they believe. Study 2 was designed to investigate the source of young adolescents' misperceptions of difficulty, and the relative impact of these and attitudes or other perceptions on pedestrian decision-making.

Item type: Book
ID code: 8513
Notes: Road Safety Research Report no. 68
Keywords: road safety, adolescents, secondary school, peer behaviour, hazardous behaviour, parental influence, peer influence, risk taking, Psychology, Sociology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2009 16:54
    Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 14:29
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8513

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