Social norms of accompanied young children and observed crossing behaviors

Tova Rosenbloom, Yael Sapir-Lavid, Ofri Hadari-Carmi

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Introduction: Social norms for accompanied young children and crossing behaviors were examined in two studies conducted in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel. Method: In Study 1, road behaviors of young children crossing with and without accompaniment and older children were observed, and the actual social norm for accompanied school children younger than 9-years-old was examined. In Study 2, the perceived norm of accompaniment was tested by questionnaires. Results: Young children who crossed without accompaniment exhibited poorer crossing skills compared to older children and to young children crossing with accompaniment. In the four locations observed, the actual accompaniment rate ranged between 15%-60%. The perceived social norm for child accompaniment was lower than the actual norm. Conclusions: The discussion refers to both theoretical issues and their practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

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Funding Information:
This research was prepared for "Rubenu" and funded by The Ministry of Health.


  • Accompanied
  • Children
  • Pedestrians
  • Ultraorthodox


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