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Health Sciences profile

Dr Dorothy Begg

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBA PhD(Otago) MPH(Johns H)
Research summaryInjury epidemiology

Research

Dorothy is an injury epidemiologist and co-ordinates the IPRU road safety research. Her undergraduate training was in psychology and postgraduate training was in Public Health (epidemiology). Her principal research interest is young drivers, and in particular the graduated driver licensing system and its impact on young driver behaviour.

Current and recent research focuses on young newly licensed drivers and the graduated driver licensing system, and motorcycling injury research.

Publications

Begg, D., Brookland, R., & Connor, J. (2017). Associations of repeated high alcohol use with unsafe driving behaviours, traffic offences, and traffic crashes among young drivers: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(2), 111-117. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1224345

Begg, D., & Brookland, R. (2015). Participation in driver education/training courses during graduated driver licensing, and the effect of a time-discount on subsequent traffic offenses: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of Safety Research, 55, 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.07.003

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Brookland, R. L., Ameratunga, S., & Gulliver, P. (2014). Pre-licensed driving experience and car crash involvement during the learner and restricted, licence stages of graduated driver licensing: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 62, 153-160. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.027

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2014). Parental influence on adolescent compliance with graduated driver licensing conditions and crashes as a restricted licensed driver: New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 69, 30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.034

Jones, S. J., Begg, D. J., & Palmer, S. R. (2013). Reducing young driver crash casualties in Great Britain: Use of routine police crash data to estimate the potential benefits of graduated driver licensing. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 20(4), 321-330. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2012.726631

Authored Book - Other

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., & Morrison, L. (2001). Risky motor vehicle traffic behaviour among young adults (Occasional Report Series No. 037). Dunedin: Injury Prevention Research Unit, 54p.

Begg, D. J., Broughton, J. R., & Sargent, M. (2001). Te waka tahuri: a study of motor vehicle traffic crashes involving Maori (Occasional Report Series No. 038). Dunedin: Injury Prevention Research Unit, 54p.

Gafford, J. E., Alsop, J. C., Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., & Firth, H. M. (1997). Occupational injury and work related practices (Occasional Report Series No. 18). Dunedin: IPRU, 27p.

Begg, D. J., McCool, J., & Langley, J. D. (1997). The road safety attitudes, practices and crash experiences of young adults in a pilot study (Occasional Report Series No. 15). Dunedin: IPRU, 19p.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (1997). Lifestyle factors as predictors of injuries and crashes among young adults: A longitudinal study (Occasional Report Series No. 16). Dunedin: IPRU, 56p.

Reeder, A. I., Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (1997). Motorcycle riding behaviour and crash experiences (Occasional Report Series No. 17). Dunedin: IPRU, 30p.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (1997). Transport related safety practices and crash experiences (Occasional Report Series No. 19). Dunedin: IPRU, 38p.

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Journal - Research Article

Begg, D., Brookland, R., & Connor, J. (2017). Associations of repeated high alcohol use with unsafe driving behaviours, traffic offences, and traffic crashes among young drivers: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 18(2), 111-117. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1224345

Begg, D., & Brookland, R. (2015). Participation in driver education/training courses during graduated driver licensing, and the effect of a time-discount on subsequent traffic offenses: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of Safety Research, 55, 13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2015.07.003

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Brookland, R. L., Ameratunga, S., & Gulliver, P. (2014). Pre-licensed driving experience and car crash involvement during the learner and restricted, licence stages of graduated driver licensing: Findings from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 62, 153-160. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.027

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2014). Parental influence on adolescent compliance with graduated driver licensing conditions and crashes as a restricted licensed driver: New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 69, 30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.034

Jones, S. J., Begg, D. J., & Palmer, S. R. (2013). Reducing young driver crash casualties in Great Britain: Use of routine police crash data to estimate the potential benefits of graduated driver licensing. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 20(4), 321-330. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2012.726631

Langley, J., Samaranayaka, A., & Begg, D. J. (2013). Age, period and cohort effects on the incidence of motorcyclist casualties in traffic crashes. Injury Prevention, 19(3), 153-157. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040345

Gulliver, P., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., & Langley, J. (2013). Learner driver experiences and crash risk as an unsupervised driver. Journal of Safety Research, 46, 41-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2013.03.007

Langley, J., Begg, D., Samaranayaka, A., Brookland, R., & Weiss, H. (2013). Unsupervised driving by learner licence holders: Associated characteristics and crash risk. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 60, 24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.07.021

Wilson, S. J., Begg, D. J., & Samaranayaka, A. (2012). Validity of using linked hospital and police traffic crash records to analyse motorcycle injury crash characteristics. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 49, 30-35. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.03.007

Langley, J., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., McDowell, A., & Broughton, J. (2012). Establishment of the New Zealand Drivers Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1357). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Begg, D., Sullman, M., & Samaranayaka, A. (2012). The characteristics of young pre-licensed drivers: Evidence from the New Zealand Drivers Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 45, 539-546. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.09.006

Langley, J., Begg, D., Brookland, R., Samaranayaka, A., Jordan, H., & Davie, G. (2012). Nonprogression through graduated driver licensing: Characteristics, traffic offending, and reasons for nonprogression. Traffic Injury Prevention, 13(1), 7-13. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2011.635170

Brookland, R., & Begg, D. (2011). Adolescent, and their parents, attitudes towards graduated driver licensing and subsequent risky driving and crashes in young adulthood. Journal of Safety Research, 42(2), 109-115.

Begg, D., Langley, J., Broughton, J., Brookland, R., Ameratunga, S., & McDowell, A. (2009). New Zealand drivers study: A follow-up study of newly licensed drivers. Injury Prevention, 15(4), e2. doi: 10.1136/ip.2009.021998

Brookland, R., Begg, D., Langley, J., & Ameratunga, S. (2009). Parent and adolescent risky driving behaviours: New Zealand Drivers Study. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 20(1), 52-59.

Begg, D., & Langley, J. (2009). A critical examination of the arguments against raising the car driver licensing age in New Zealand. Traffic Injury Prevention, 10(1), 1-8.

Kypri, K., Davie, G., Langley, J., Voas, R., & Begg, D. (2009). The utility of routinely collected data in evaluating important policy changes: The New Zealand alcohol purchasing age limit example. American Journal of Public Health, 99(7), 1212-1215. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2007.120212

Begg, D., Langley, J., Brookland, R., McDowell, A., Ameratunga, S., & Broughton, J. (2009). The opinions of newly licensed drivers in New Zealand on the minimum car driver licensing age and reasons for getting a licence. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1306). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1306/3880/content.pdf

McDowell, A., Begg, D., Connor, J., & Broughton, J. (2009). Unlicensed driving among urban and rural Māori drivers: New Zealand drivers study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 10(6), 538-545. doi: 10.1080/15389580903321727

Begg, D. J., & Gulliver, P. (2008). A longitudinal examination of the relationship between adolescent problem behaviors and traffic crash involvement during young adulthood. Traffic Injury Prevention, 9(6), 508-514.

Gulliver, P., & Begg, D. (2007). Personality factors as predictors of persistent risky driving behavior and crash involvement among young adults. Injury Prevention, 13, 376-381. doi: 10.1136/ip.2007.015925

Kypri, K., Voas, R. B., Langley, J. D., Stephenson, S. C. R., Begg, D. J., Tippetts, A. S., & Davie, G. S. (2006). Minimum purchasing age for alcohol and traffic crash injuries among 15- to 19-year-olds in New Zealand. American Journal of Public Health, 96(1), 126-131.

Gulliver, P., & Begg, D. (2005). Usual water-related behaviour and 'near-drowning' incidents in young adults. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29(3), 238-243.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (2004). Identifying predictors of persistent non-alcohol or drug-related risky driving behaviours among a cohort of young adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 36, 1067-1071.

Sargent, M., Begg, D., Broughton, J., Stephenson, S., Wright, C., & Baxter, J. (2004). Motor vehicle traffic crashes involving Maori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1188). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1188/746/content.pdf

McBride, D., Begg, D., Herbison, P., & Buckingham, K. (2004). Low back pain in young New Zealanders. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1203). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1203/1099/content.pdf

Gulliver, P., & Begg, D. (2004). Influences during adolescence on perceptions and behaviour related to alcohol use and unsafe driving as young adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 36, 773-781.

Begg, D. J., & Stephenson, S. C. R. (2003). Graduated driver licensing: The New Zealand experience. Journal of Safety Research, 34, 99-105.

Begg, D. J., Brookland, R., Hope, J., Langley, J. D., & Broughton, J. R. (2003). New Zealand drivers study: Developing a methodology for conducting a follow-up study of newly licensed drivers. Journal of Safety Research, 34, 329-336.

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., & Stephenson, S. C. R. (2003). Identifying factors that predict persistent driving after drinking, unsafe driving after drinking, and driving after using cannabis among young adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 35, 669-675.

Morrison, L., Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (2002). Personal and situational influences on drink driving and sober driving among a cohort of young adults. Injury Prevention, 8, 111-115.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (2001). Changes in risky driving behavior from age 21 to 26 years. Journal of Safety Research, 32, 491-499.

Begg, D. J., Stephenson, S. C. R., Alsop, J. C., & Langley, J. D. (2001). Impact of graduated driver licensing restrictions on crashes involving young drivers in New Zealand. Injury Prevention, 7, 292-296.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (2001). Changes in risky driving behaviour from age 21 to 26 years. Journal of Safety Research, 32, 491-499.

Alsop, J. C., Gafford, J. E., Langley, J. D., Begg, D. J., & Firth, H. M. (2000). Occupational injury in a cohort of young NZ adults. Journal of Occupational Health & Safety, Australia & New Zealand, 16(2), 107-116.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (2000). Seatbelt use and related behaviours among young adults. Journal of Safety Research, 31(4), 211-220.

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., & Williams, S. M. (1999). A longitudinal study of lifestyle factors as predictors of injuries and crashes among young adults. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 31, 1-11.

Begg, D. J., & Langley, J. D. (1999). Road traffic practices among a cohort of young adults in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 112, 9-12.

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., & Williams, S. M. (1999). Validity of self reported crashes and injuries in a longitudinal study of young adults. Injury Prevention, 5, 142-144.

Martin, J. L., Nada-Raja, S., Langley, J. D., Feehan, M., McGee, R. O., Clarke, J. A., Begg, D. J., … Moffitt, T. E., & Rivara, F. P. (1998). Physical assault in New Zealand: the experience of 21 year old men and women in a community sample. New Zealand Medical Journal, 111, 158-160.

Reeder, A. I., Alsop, J. C., Begg, D. J., Nada-Raja, S., & McLaren, R. L. (1998). A longitudinal investigation of psychological and social predictors of traffic convictions among young New Zealand drivers. Transportation Research Part F, Part F(1), 25-45.

Nada-Raja, S., Langley, J. D., McGee, R. O., Williams, S. M., Begg, D. J., & Reeder, A. I. (1997). Inattentive and hyperactive behaviors and driving offences in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 36(4), 515-522.

Caspi, A., Harrington, H., Moffitt, T. E., Begg, D. J., Dickson, N. P., Langley, J. D., & Silva, P. A. (1997). Personality differences predict health-risk behaviors in young adulthood: evidence from a longitudinal study. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 73(5), 1052-1063.

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Moffitt, T. E., & Marshall, S. W. (1996). Sport and delinquency: an examination of the deterrence hypothesis in a longitudinal study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 30(4), 335-341.

Caspi, A., Begg, D. J., Dickson, N. P., Langley, J. D., & Moffitt, T. E. (1996). Identification of personality types at risk for poor health and injury in late adolescence. Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health, 6, 399-424.

Langley, J. D., Wagenaar, A., & Begg, D. J. (1996). An evaluation of the New Zealand graduated driver licensing system. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 28, 139-146.

Langley, J. D., Marshall, S. W., Begg, D. J., & Reeder, A. I. (1995). Motorcycle and ATV crashes in New Zealand resulting in death and hospitalisation III: non-traffic crashes. Journal of Agricultural Safety & Health, 1, 249-259.

Begg, D. J., Langley, J. D., Reeder, A. I., & Chalmers, D. J. (1995). The New Zealand graduated driver licensing system: teenagers' attitudes towards and experiences with this car driver licensing system. Injury Prevention, 1, 177-181.

Langley, J. D., Marshall, S. W., Clarke, J. A., Begg, D. J., & Reeder, A. I. (1995). Motorcycle/ATV crashes on farms. Journal of Occupational Health & Safety, Australia & New Zealand, 11, 387-394.

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Journal - Research Other

McDowell, A., Begg, D., Connor, J., & Broughton, J. (2011). Road safety attitudes and opinions of newly licensed Māori car drivers: New Zealand Drivers Study [Letter]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(1), 93. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00672.x

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