PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL AND COGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH-RISK DRIVERS: A PILOT STUDY: TRI-LEVEL STUDY OF THE CAUSES OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

A battery of short tests was administered to 30 young drivers who reported being involved in three or more accidents during the past three years and to 30 drivers who had no accident history but were matched for age, sex, and exposure to driving. The high accident group scored higher on measures of personal maladjustment, social maladjustment, and to a lesser extent on measures of impulsivity and information processing deficiency. A discriminant function based on data for 46 drivers in the original sample was able to predict at 86% accuracy the group membership for seven additional high accident drivers and seven matched controls on the basis of the test scores. Implications for a theory of human accident involvement were discussed. /Author/SRIS/

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    • Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, D. C.
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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  USA  10523
  • Authors:
    • Mayer, R E
    • Treat, J R
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Accession Number: 00153869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: OT-HS-034-3-535
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM