Road traffic injuries are public health challenges with heavy economic and social burdens. Road traffic injuries are common in developing countries and occur disproportionately with adolescents. This study aimed to elicit beliefs about traffic behaviors based on the theory of planned behavior among male high school students in Hamadan, Iran. We used a constructivist-interpretive qualitative design with directional content analysis. Interviews were conducted with 19 adolescent males in Hamadan, Iran. Analysis revealed that theory of planned behavior fit well to explain how perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs influenced traffic behaviors. Perceived subjective norms in the forms of parental encouragement, traffic rules and policies, and media advertising influenced the pursuit of safe traffic behaviors. Control belief factors that impeded safe behaviors included aggressive and/or drunk driving and bad road conditions, distance to bridge crossings, and improper seat belt position. Our results provided a deeper understanding of attitudes, experiences, and intentions that precede adolescents’ traffic behaviors. Understanding precursors to behaviors is necessary for effective intervention. Further exploration of factors that lead youth to engage in unsafe behaviors despite education, knowledge, and presence of influential people that promote safe traffic behaviors is needed.
adolescent, traffic behaviors, qualitative content analysis, health promotion, theory of planned behavior
We would like to thank Dr. Santhani Selveindran for her valuable comments to improve the paper. The present study has been approved and financially supported by Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences. (Project Number: 980457). We appreciate all the students participating in this project, as well as all those who helped us in schools and traffic police.
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Ranaei, V., Jahanlu, A., Hassani, L., Roshanaei, G., Haglund, K., Jagnoor, J., & Rezapur Shahkolaei, F. (2022). Beliefs about Safe Traffic Behaviors among Male High School Students in Hamadan, Iran: A Qualitative Study Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. The Qualitative Report, 27(5), 1175-1192. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5110