The role of skills, attitudes and perceived behavioural control in the pedestrian decision making of adolescents aged 11 – 15 years

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2006
  • Authors: A. Tolmie, J. Thomson, R. O’Conno, H. Foot, E. Karagiannidou, M. Banks, C. O’Donnell and P. Sarvary
  • Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To investigate the peak in pedestrian RTIs occurring to young adolescents. Safe route planning is incorporated as one component of a study to identify whether the target group have the skills to deal with complex traffic environments.

Methodology:

In assessing safe route planning, bespoke computer assessments and accompanied site visits were used. Groups were selected by age and both adults and primary-aged children carried out the same assessments to form comparison groups.

Key Findings:

Results showed a gradual increase with age of incidence of safe routes, as well as a reduction in variability of results. The significance of age was significant, but not a strong trend in safe route planning for adolescents.Adolescents typically under-estimated task difficulty compared to primary and adult groups, and failed to attend to feedback. This was most evident in 13 – 15 year olds, suggesting problems were more acute some time after the transition to secondary school. Again, the trends were not entirely consistent or conclusive.

Themes: adolescents, behaviour, skills, feedback

Comments:

Safe route planning is only a small part of this study, but the work does give an indication of how behaviours and skills develop with age.

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