Mother-Teen Bond Has Indirect Effect on Risky Driving

A recent study examined 322 mid to late teens in northern Italy to determine if there is a connection among the following factors: a teen’s bond with their parents, peer influence, and risky driving behavior.

The results suggested that a father’s bond with an adolescent child has no influence on risky driving.  However, a mother’s bond with her teen has an indirect influence.  In other words, a mother’s bond is strongly associated with a teen’s ability to resist peer influence. In turn, a teen’s ability to resist peer influence has an effect on the teen’s willingness to take risks while driving.  Therefore, by strengthening her bond with her adolescent child, a mother indirectly increases the safety of that child when he or she starts driving.

Abstract: The parental bond, resistance to peer influence, and risky driving in adolescence, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

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