The URITC researchers surveyed college students as well, because they, like high school students, are in a major stage of social development.
The next step for the URITC researchers is to design and test initiatives that schools can use to promote healthy behavioral changes.
So far, URITC researchers have worked with two high schools on pilot initiatives.
Before developing concepts for their videos, the students met with URITC researchers to learn about the survey.
By working with student groups to strategize ways to increase seatbelt use, the URITC research team--and eventually the schools themselves--can capitalize on students' abilities to influence their peers and encourage behavioral changes.