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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Children's perceptions of risk on the road

Children's perceptions of risk on the road

(p.77) five Children's perceptions of risk on the road
Growing up with risk

Kenneth Lupton

Mariana Bayley

Policy Press

This chapter reviews national data on road accidents for children, reviews current literature, and examines children's own perceptions of risk in the road environment with reference to research carried out by the authors. The study, involving schools in North London and Hertfordshire, set out to examine children's interactions and use of the road in the immediate vicinity of their school environment, on their journeys to and from school, and places used for play and leisure. Children's concerns and perceptions of risk in the road environment were explored, together with their strategies for dealing with risky situations. The chapter concludes with recommendations based upon current knowledge.

Keywords:   risk perception, road accidents, road environment, risk management

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