STYLE, PERSONALITY AND ACCIDENTS

THE ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE INFLUENCES OF INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY AND STYLE ON ACCIDENT RISK. IT IS OBSERVED THAT RESEARCHERS SOME YEARS AGO DEVELOPED THE CONCEPT KNOWN AS "ACCIDENT PRONENESS". MORE RECENTLY THIS TERM HAS BECOME LESS ACCEPTED. ALTHOUGH IN ANY ONE PERIOD OF TIME SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE MORE ACCIDENTS THAN OTHERS, THIS ACCIDENT PRONE GROUP IS NOT STABLE. PEOPLE WHO ARE ACCIDENT REPEATERS IN ONE PERIOD OF TIME WILL PROBABLY NOT BE IN ANOTHER. THIS HAS MADE THE SEARCH FOR A PERSONALITY TYPE TO EXPLAIN ACCIDENT LIABILITY LESS VALID. MORE RECENT WORK HAS CONCENTRATED ON STYLE IN HANDLING VEHICLES - STUDYING THE "INERT-OVERACTIVE" CONTINUUM AND THE PHENOMENON OF DISSOCIATION. THE ARTICLE SEES RE-TRAINING AS A MORE HOPEFUL METHOD FOR THE FUTURE THAN THE MERE HYPOTHESIS OF ALLEGED "ACCIDENT-PRONENESS".

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  • Corporate Authors:

    New Science Publications

    128 Long Acre
    London,   England  WC2 9QH
  • Authors:
    • Reason, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-2-21

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 445-448
  • Serial:
    • New Society
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 594
    • Publisher: IPC Magazine Limited
    • ISSN: 0028-6729

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM