213307 Trains, Planes and Automobiles: The impact of transportion policy on family psychosocial health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 5:30 PM

Deborah Allen, ScD , Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA
Regardless of income, family transportation options are broadly influenced by policy at national, state and local levels, Proximity of housing to work, school and other family destinations, and access to public transportation and safe and easy walking or biking reflect decision made outside the family. At the family level, income and place of residence produce major differences in family options regarding transportation. For well off families with a variety of options for getting to work, school and recreation, choices about transportation both reflect and shape family relationships and family interactions with the broader community. For low income families, constraints around transportation (for example, the need to use an old unreliable car requiring frequent repairs to get to work or relying on others) may produce a cascade of trade-offs and constraints in other areas (including limiting employment and housing options). In both cases, transportation has subtle effects on relationships between parents and between parents and children and more generally on child-rearing and social engagement of family members with important consequences for family health.

Learning Objectives:
Identify three consequences of current transportation policy in regard to child development; and Identify three ways in which transportation policy shapes family well-being.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Director, Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Boston Public Health Commission
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.