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Risk compensation: a male phenomenon? Results from a controlled intervention trial promoting helmet use among cyclists.

Abstract

Prevention tools are challenged by risky behaviors that follow their adoption. Speed increase following helmet use adoption was analyzed among bicyclists enrolled in a controlled intervention trial. Speed and helmet use were assessed by video (2621 recordings, 587 participants). Speeds were similar among helmeted and nonhelmeted female cyclists (16.5 km/h and 16.1 km/h, respectively) but not among male cyclists (helmeted: 19.2 km/h, nonhelmeted: 16.8 km/h). Risk compensation, observed only among male cyclists, was moderate, thus unlikely to offset helmet preventive efficacy.

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  • Authors

    Messiah A, Constant A, Contrand B, Felonneau ML, Lagarde E

    Source

    American journal of public health 102 Suppl 2: 2012 May pg S204-6

    MeSH

    Accidents, Traffic
    Adolescent
    Adult
    Attitude to Health
    Bicycling
    Competitive Behavior
    Confidence Intervals
    Female
    France
    Head Protective Devices
    Health Promotion
    Humans
    Male
    Odds Ratio
    Risk Factors
    Risk-Taking
    Sex Distribution
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Controlled Clinical Trial
    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22497201