Developmental Considerations For Adolescent Injury Essay

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The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of developmental considerations for adolescent injury explained in context to their physical, social, and psychological contextual environments (Pronk, 2012). Injury accounts for around two-thirds (66%) of all deaths among young Australians aged 15 to 24 years with the leading cause attributed to transport injuries (Australian Institute of Health & Welfare [AIHW] 2011). Young Drivers [YDs] are overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes (Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics [BITRE] 2013; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] 2006) with YDs aged under 25 years representing one-quarter of fatalities each year despite only representing 10% of the population [OECD, 2006] (cited in Buckis, Lenne, & Fitzharris, 2015). Even though this topic is broad, the aim is to understand the larger picture of adolescent developmental outcome on young driver’s [YDs] behaviour and decision making. Study must overview multiple developmental aspects like physical, social, cognitive, identity and brain development collectively, rather than as stages or theories, whereby developing a holistic system of normative adolescent development (Steinberg & Morris, 2001). Piaget (1932) focused on cognitive development, Erikson (1968) stressed upon personal identity as a key developmental aspect, whereas Jessor’s ‘Problem Behaviour Theory’ (1968) and Hall’s publication (1904) a century ago on adolescent as a ‘stress…

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