PROBLEM DRIVERS: AN EVALUATION OF FOUR TREATMENT PROGRAMS AND THE USE OF QUESTIONNAIRE MATERIAL FOR PREDICTING SUCCESS

OVER 700 DRIVERS WHO HAD RECENTLY ACCUMULATED BAD DRIVING RECORDS WERE RANDOMLY ASSIGNED TO FOUR DIFFERENT DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS. EACH DRIVER FILLED OUT A SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS PROGRAM. SIX MONTHS AFTER THE END OF EACH PROGRAM, THE RECORDS OF ALL PARTICIPATING DRIVERS WERE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE IF THE DRIVER HAD MAINTAINED A CLEAR RECORD DURING THAT TIME. THE RELATIVE SUCCESS/FAILURE RATES OF THE PROGRAM WERE COMPARED. A PROGRAM WHICH COMBINED MINIMUM INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL WITH PROGRESSIVE EASING OF LICENSE RESTRICTIONS PROVED TO BE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD (67% SUCCESS). THE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE'S 60 ITEMS WERE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE THEIR ABILITY TO PREDICT SUCCESS FOLLOWING TREATMENT (1) FOR THE TOTAL GROUP OF DRIVERS AND (2) FOR THE DRIVERS IN EACH OF THE FOUR PROGRAMS. TEN ITEMS WERE SIGNIFICANT PREDICTORS OF SUCCESS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS, WHILE A SEPARATE SET OF ITEMS (RANGING FROM THREE TO FIVE PER TREATMENT GROUP) WAS ASSOCIATED WITH SUCCESS OR FAILURE AFTER A PARTICULAR PROGRAM. THE RESULTS INDICATE THE RELATIVE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMBINING TREATMENT AND RESTRICTIVE MEASURES IN PROGRAMS FOR DRIVER IMPROVEMENT, AND THE PROMISE OF GREATER SUCCESS WITH SUCH PROGRAMS IF METHODS ARE DEVELOPED TO ASSIGN EACH PROBLEM DRIVER TO THE TYPE OF TREATMENT FROM WHICH HE IS MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No 026, 1 PP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Research and Technology Division, Highways Licenses Building
    Olympia, WA  USA  98501
  • Authors:
    • WALLACE, J E
  • Publication Date: 1969-12

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  • Accession Number: 00220713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2004 5:39PM