Risky attitudes towards road use in pre-drivers
Waylen, Andrea and McKenna, Frank P.. (2008) Risky attitudes towards road use in pre-drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol.40 (No.3). pp. 905-911. ISSN 0001-4575Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2007.10.005
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the principal causes of adolescent disability or mortality and male drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than female drivers. In part such associations between driver age and sex have been linked to differences in risky behaviour (e.g. speed, violations) and individual characteristics (e.g. sensation seeking, deviant behaviour). The aim of this research is to determine whether associations between risky road user behaviour and individual characteristics are a function of driver behaviour or whether they are intrinsic and measurable in individuals too young to drive.
Five hundred and sixty-seven pre-driver students aged 11-16 from three secondary schools completed questionnaires measuring enthusiasm for speed, sensation seeking, deviant behaviour and attitudes towards driver violations. Boys reported more risky attitudes than girls for all measures. Associations between sensation seeking, deviant behaviour and attitudes towards risky road use were present from early adolescence and were strongest around age 14, before individuals learn to drive.
Risky attitudes towards road use are associated with individual characteristics and are observed in adolescents long before they learn to drive. Safe attitudes towards road use and driver behaviour should be promoted from childhood in order to be effective. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Automobile driver education (Elementary), Automobile driver education (Secondary) , Sensation seeking, Risk-taking (Psychology) in children -- Sex differences, Risk-taking (Psychology) in adolescence -- Sex differences, Risk-taking (Psychology) in children, Risk-taking (Psychology) in adolescence|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Accident Analysis and Prevention|
|Publisher:||Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd.|
|Official Date:||May 2008|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 905-911|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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