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February 22, 2012
huffingtonpost.com -- Driver's Ed: Study Finds That 1 in 5 Teens Gets License Without Completing Program
huffingtonpost.com -- In this blog post in the online newspaper's "High School" section, findings from a recent CHOP study are shared that reveal disparities in formal driver education (DE) participation. Although the researchers found that 79 percent of public high school students with driver licenses reported participating in formal DE, several subgroups of teens had substantially lower levels of DE before licensure. These disparities were mitigated in states where DE is mandated by state law.
According to the study funded by State Farm®, three out of four students participated in DE where their state mandated it, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, academic performance, and urbanacity. In the post, Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, lead author of the study and director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, also mentions how policymakers in many states are working to improve driver education and training. The research was published in Pediatrics.
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