Agency information collection activities: Proposed collection; comment request,


[Federal Register: December 30, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 250)]


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National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Young Drivers Intervention Study

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.


Title: Young Drivers Intervention Study.

Type of Information Collection Request: New.

Need and Use of Information Collection: The purposes of this study are (1) to determine the impact of parental actions to monitor and control their adolescents' driving behavior on adolescent driving behavior and motor vehicle crashes, and (2) to test the efficacy of educational persuasive communications in promoting parental restriction of their adolescent's risky driving behavior. The specific questions addressed in this study include: (1) Are parents' perceptions about dangers associated with adolescent driving associated with parental involvement in their adolescent's driving experiences? (2) Is a parent- teen driving agreement an effective way of increasing parental involvement and reducing adolescent risky driving? (3) Does increased parental involvement reduce risky driving behaviors and decrease traffic tickets and crashes among adolescents?

A sample of adolescents applying for their learner's permit and one of their parents will be recruited through department of motor vehicles offices and driver's education courses in two states. In each state, 1600 parent-adolescent dyads will be recruited and interviewed four times over the course of the 2-year prospective observational study. During the initial interview, consent, demographic information, and contact information will be obtained. Within two weeks, parents and their adolescents will be interviewed over the telephone. Parents will be asked about their expectations and parenting practices regarding their adolescents' driving behaviors. Adolescents will be asked about their driving practices, their parents' rules and restrictions regarding driving, and other psychosocial variables. These same variables will be assessed again during telephone interviews with both parents and adolescents at six, twelve, and eighteen months intervals. The driving records for each adolescent will be obtained from the state motor vehicle administration and examined at the end of the 24-month period.

Parent-teen dyads will be randomly assigned to the basic information comparison condition or the special-intervention treatment condition. Parents in the comparison condition will receive standard information about the move toward graduated licensing in their state and the high risk related to adolescent driving. Parents in the special intervention will receive personalized educational material in the mail, including a parent-teen driving agreement and an educational videotape. During the 24 month period of the study, dyads will be contacted three more times: (1) when adolescents apply for their provisional/full license, (2) 6 months after provisional/full licensure, and (3) 12 months after provisional/full licensure. At each time, parents and adolescents will be interviewed over the telephone regarding parenting practices related to involvement in and restriction of adolescents' driving experience, and adolescents' driving behaviors.

Frequency of Response: data will be collected 4 times over a two- year period; two times each year for two years.

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Affected Public: Parents and Their Teenage Children


Estimated Estimated number of Average burden total annual Type of respondents

number of responses per hours per burden hours respondents respondent response






3,200 Adolescents.....................................





The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $64000 (based on $10 per hour). There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Dr. Bruce Simons- Morton, Chief, Prevention Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Building 6100, 7B05, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892-7510, or call non-toll free number (301) 496- 5674 or E-mail your request, including your address to ‹›.

COMMENTS DUE DATE: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

Dated: December 17, 1998. Ben Fulton, Executive Officer, NICHD.

[FR Doc. 98-34528Filed12-29-98; 8:45 am]