Beullens, K., Roe, K., & Van den Bulck, J. (2011). The relationship between adolescents’ music video viewing and risky driving: A two wave panel survey. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.) , Advances in psychology research (Vol 78) (pp. 199-217). Hauppauge, NY US: Nova Science Publishers.
(from the chapter) Purpose: Music video viewing is a very popular pastime among adolescents. The public criticism of music videos has encouraged researchers lo examine the effects of music video exposure. Although an association between music video exposure and several health risk behaviors (e.g. drinking) has been found, the relationship between music video viewing and risky driving has remained largely unexamined. In this study the relationship between adolescents’ music video viewing and risky driving such as driving after consuming alcohol and joy riding is explored. Methods: Participants were 354 adolescent males and females who participated in a panel study (2-year interval). Respondents were 17 or 18 years old during the first wave of data collection and did not have their driver’s license yet. They completed a questionnaire on music video viewing, sensation seeking, aggression, attitudes towards joy riding and driving after the consumption of alcohol, and the intention to perform these behaviors in the future. Two years later the respondents had obtained their driver’s license and were questioned on their actual risky driving behavior. The relationships between these constructs were analyzed using structural equation models. Results: The results indicate that music video viewing is indirectly associated with joy riding and driving after the consumption of alcohol through the attitudes towards these behaviors and the intention to perform these behaviors in the future. Mere music video viewing resulted in a more positive attitude towards risky driving, even after controlling for sensation seeking and aggression. These attitudes are positively related to the intention to perform these reckless behaviors in the future and these intentions are, in turn, a good predictor of the actual risky driving behavior two years later. Conclusions: The results indicate that music video viewing during adolescence is an important and significant predictor of risky driving two years later. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)