The relationship between emotional maturity and drinking-and-driving involvement among young adults aged 25-34 was investigated. The variables were sex, age broken down into two groups (25-29 and 30-39), and six drinking-and-driving categories. The Revised Huffman Inventory was used to measure emotional immaturity. The inventory was administered to graduate students enrolled at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville during the summer of 1981. A table of random numbers was used to obtain a sample of 326 subjects. A three-factor analysis of variance was used to test the hypotheses. If a difference among groups was significant (p less than .05), Duncan's Multiple Range Test was applied to determine where those differences were. The conclusions were: (1) among females and males in the same age group, females are more emotionally mature than males; (2) age is a factor in emotional maturity in that emotional maturity increases with age; and (3) there appears to be a link between emotional maturity and drinking-and-driving involvement in that persons with lower emotional maturity are more likely to drive while under the influence of alcohol.

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    National Safety Council

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    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Boyd Jr, N R
    • Huffman, W J
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00391689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 143
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1984 12:00AM