This study explored parent perceptions of teen texting while driving behaviors; parent perceptions of using a cell phone disabling device (CPDD) to control texting while driving; and factors contributing to CPDD usage compliance. A literature review was conducted to determine the research deficiencies regarding text messaging while driving behaviors and differences between rural and urban teen driving risk behaviors.
The survey instrument was designed to measure parent behaviors and perceptions using constructs of Azjen's Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). The final analytic sample consisted of 150 respondents. Data produced several key findings. Urban parent estimates of their teen driver(s) texting while driving behavior were significantly lower than rural parent estimates; regardless of rurality, all parent estimates were substantially lower that actual reported frequencies of teen texting while driving. Parent attitudes and beliefs about texting while driving were largely in agreement. However, there were significant differences between device compliant and non-compliant groups.
|Advisor:||Benden, Mark E.|
|Commitee:||Congleton, Jerome J., Smith, Matthew L.|
|School:||The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center|
|Department:||Environment & Occupational|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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