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Study: Distracted Teen Drivers Calling Parents Behind Wheel
When it comes to distracted teen driving, a new study shows parents play a direct role, with many teens are actually using their cellphones to call their mother or father while behind the wheel.
According to new research presented this week at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 122nd Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., more than half of teenage drivers often take calls from their parents while driving.
Researchers interviewed more than 400 teenage drivers ages 15 to 18 across 31 states and found that, despite warnings about the dangers of distracted driving, many teens answer their phone if it’s their parent on the other end because parents expect to be able to reach them at all times.
Alcohol Abuse More Likely in Aggressive Teens
A Finnish research shows that aggressive teens are more likely to abuse alcohol than their peers.
Researchers also found that depression and anxiety usually did not lead to drinking problems in the adolescents. The study assessed the link between psychosocial problems and alcohol use among 4074 Finnish youngsters aged between 13 and 18.
The team found that 60 percent of the participants consumed alcohol and among them around 50 percent of the 15-year-olds abused liquor. No significant differences between alcohol use among boys and girls were found.
The research team noted that smoking and attention seeking issues were also to be blamed for alcohol use. Among the girls getting menstrual cycles early in life and parental divorce increased the risk of alcohol abuse.