Americans drivers between 16-20 years old have by far the greatest injury and fatality rate compared to other age groups. Outcomes are even worse for adolescents who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although there is evidence that stimulant medication improves the behavior as well as driving outcomes of teenagers with ADHD, compliance with stimulant medication regimens for adolescents is inconsistent at best. Moreover, stimulants are not typically therapeutically effective during the most common times for car accidents (e.g., at night, early in the morning). The goal of this study is to evaluate whether an integrated behavioral parenting training and adolescent driver education program improves a variety of adolescent driving, as well as parent-adolescent relationship, outcomes relative to adolescents who only receive a driver education program.
Research Foundation for the State University of New York
04/12/2010 to 03/31/2014