Parent and teen agreement on driving expectations prior to teen licensure

Cara J. Hamann, Marizen Ramirez, Jingzhen Yang, Vidya Chande, Corinne Peek-Asa

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Objectives: To examine pre-licensure agreement on driving expectations and predictors of teen driving expectations among parent-teen dyads. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 163 parent-teen dyads. Descriptive statistics, weighted Kappa coefficients, and linear regression were used to examine expectations about post-licensure teen driving. Results: Teens reported high pre-licensure unsupervised driving (N = 79, 48.5%) and regular access to a car (N = 130, 81.8%). Parents and teens had low agreement on teen driving expectations (eg, after dark, κw = 0.23). Each time teens currently drove to/from school, their expectation of driving in risky conditions post-licensure increased (β = 0.21, p = .02). Conclusions: Pre-licensure improvement of parent-teen agreement on driving expectations are needed to have the greatest impact on preventing teens from driving in high risk conditions. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Parenting
  • Pre-licensure
  • Safety
  • Teen drivers


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