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Read press releases about the research behind Teen Driver Source featuring CIRP@CHOP experts.

04/04/2018
It’s Not Just Contact Sports: Youth Concussions Result from Broad Range of Activities

A new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that activities children engage in on a daily basis can result in concussions. While the majority of concussions were related to sports and recreational activity (70 percent), 30 percent were due to non-sports and non-recreational mechanisms, including motor vehicle crashes.

03/27/2018
Mental Health Issues Linked to Risky Driving in Newly Licensed Teens

Mental health symptoms related to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are associated with increased errors in a driving simulator and self-reported risky driving behaviors in adolescents, according to a study in Nursing Research. Catherine C. McDonald, lead author and a member of CHOP's Teen Driver Safety Research team, explains why more research is needed in this area to reduce teen crash risk.

11/16/2017
Teens with Weak Attention Skills at Greater Risk of Hazardous Driving

Teenage drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults, and one potential contributing risk factor is the ongoing development of a group of attention skills known as executive function.

07/20/2017
Ohio Leads Country with Portable Driver Simulators to Assess Driving Skills of New Drivers

As part of the Drive Toward a Safer Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Public Safety has partnered with Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia  and the Ohio State University to develop a virtual driving test to assess driving skills of new drivers before they test for their permanent Ohio driver license.

 

06/23/2017
Technology Addiction More Likely a Factor for Teen Drivers Texting and Talking With Friends Than For Parents

A new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children's Hospital of Philadelphis sought to provide a better understanding of parent and teen distracted driving behaviors, in particular the factors that increase their frequency of mobile-phone-based communication with different types of people not in the vehicle with them, like family members and friends.

06/12/2017
Motor Vehicle Crash Risk for Teens with ADHD Much Lower than Previously Reported

New CHOP study: Adolescent drivers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a 36 percent higher crash risk than other newly licensed teens. Although elevated, this risk is far lower than previous reports of being four times higher.