Ming Y. Chan



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Research has shown that motor vehicle crashes are one of the main factors for pediatric unintentional injuries, which is the leading cause of death for children beyond the age of one in the United States. It has been proposed that due to technological developments, wireless devices such as cellular phones have become a serious distraction for drivers. This is because engaging in a conversation on a cellular phone is a cognitive distraction that takes away resources needed to process visual and auditory information from the road. Research has also shown that a driver's field of vision narrows when using the cellular phone. Further, it has been shown that drivers experience the same degree of impairment whether using hand-held or hands-free devices. As such, prevention efforts to reduce the risks of motor vehicle collisions are greatly urged. This study aims to explore, based on the Theory of Planned Behavior, which is the strongest predictor of cellular phone driving in a population of parents.

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Honors Thesis

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Keri J. Kirschman

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Predictors of Cell-phone Driving: A Theory of Planned Behavior Approach