Parent and Teen Perceptions Regarding Parental Efforts at Controlling Teen Drunk Driving

Rob Turrisi, James Jaccard, Sue Q. Kelly, Eve M. Valera

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This research examined the potential utility of a parental control technique to prevent adolescent drunk driving by identifying parent and teen sources of resistance to an ignition interlock system. The research also examined the theoretical issue of parental control over adolescents by identifying factors parents consider when deciding to use a control technique. Parent and teen receptivity to the interlock was examined in relation to teen drunk driving. General parental control orientations (controlling vs. permissive) were examined in relation to the factors that influence parental decisions to implement such a control technique. Factors related to sources of reluctance to use the device were also examined. The findings revealed that parents were generally ambivalent toward the interlock. In contrast, teens responses varied, with approximately 20% of the sample reporting favorable attitudes toward having an interlock installed in the their cars. In addition, both parents and teens expressed concern about how the interlock would affect their relationship with each other. Finally, controlling parents tended to place less emphasis on the perceived effectiveness of the control technique when forming their attitudes toward its implementation compared to permissive parents. The findings are discussed in the context of prevention efforts for adolescent drunk driving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1406
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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