Road trauma education: the impact of a patient presenter on the road safety attitudes of adolescents

Jeremy Buckmaster, Casey Brownlie, John Olver, Bianca Fedele, Dean McKenzie

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Road trauma accidents remain a significant issue in Victoria, with a high proportion involving young drivers.Given this age group, school based road trauma education programs could be successful in alleviating such incidence rates. This study evaluated the effectiveness of an existing road trauma program on 107 secondary school students and determined whether an additional education session with a patient presenter elicited an increased change in attitudes relating to traffic safety. A control group received the program only (n=43) and an experimental group received the program and an additional session (n=64). Quantitative analysis using the ‘The Attitudes Towards Road Safety (ATRS) Questionnaire’ displayed some statistically significant differences. However, analysis of a separate qualitative questionnaire yielded stronger evidence for the positive impact of the additional session. This study demonstrates how educating students on the long term consequences of road trauma can positively impact upon their attitudes towards risk taking behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11 - 18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Australasian College of Road Safety
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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