In order to understand the link between parenting style and driving, the NYDS asked teen respondents to assess their parents according to the following four statements:
- My parents give me help and support when I need it.
- In my family, there are clear rules about what I can and cannot do.
- My parents keep track of where I am when I am not in school and away from home.
- My parents want to know who I am with when I am not in school and away from home.
We divided teens into four groups, based on how they described their parents with regard to monitoring, rule setting, and support. The groups are labeled to be consistent with the literature on parenting style.
Winston FK, et al. Eds. Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look. Published by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies®. 2009.