Award Date

5-1-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Timothy Bungum

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Pharr

Third Committee Member

Sheila Clark

Fourth Committee Member

Alyssa Crittenden

Number of Pages

72

Abstract

Distracted driving is a growing public health concern. Highlighted in the media, local and government agencies and in peer-review literature are increased associations of motor vehicle crash related injuries and fatalities with distracted driving, especially involving youth drivers. The goal of this thesis was to analyze the effects of a distracted driving intervention on college students at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Quantitative statistical analysis was performed to compare self-reported pre and post-intervention questionnaire responses of the experimental and control groups. Between-group analysis was performed using independent t-tests and ANOVA. Within-group differences were analyzed with Repeated Measures ANOVA (RM-ANOVA) and Cochran’s Q Chi-square tests. The results indicate an overall observed desired effect of change with statistical significance for the experimental group after the intervention, which was not observed for the control group. There were also statistically significant differences within the experimental group responses in all three themed components of the questionnaire: behavior, attitude, and knowledge. The most interesting finding of this analysis is that a classroom based intervention can have effects on self-reported distracted driving related behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge after two weeks of completing the intervention. These results can inform development of future evidence-based distracted driving intervention programs.

Keywords

Crash Risk; Driving Behavior; Inattentive Driving; Injury Prevention; Traffic Safety; Youth Drivers

Disciplines

Epidemiology | Public Health | Transportation

Language

English

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