Press Releases


Press Releases

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.