INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL MODERATES THE EFFECTS OF ROAD-HOSTILITY ON RECALLED DRIVING BEHAVIOR

In this study, the authors hypothesize that road-hostility is positively correlated with dangerous driving behavior (DDB) and motor vehicle accidents, and that driving internal locus of control (DI) would interact with road-hostility in relation to DDB and motor vehicle accidents. To test this hypothesis, 95 Israeli undergraduate students anonymously completed scales assessing road-hostility, DI, and the speed and deviance subscales of the driving style questionnaire (DSQ-score). Only road-hostility was significantly correlated with DSQ-scores. DI moderated the effects of road-hostility in relation to DSQ-scores: the association between road-hostility and DSQ-scores was larger among subjects with low than with high levels of DI. Other findings showed that 64% of high-hostile low-DI drivers were involved in an accident compared to only 29% of high-hostile high-DI drivers. These findings may have implications for the prevention of DDB, so that scarce resources of behavior modification may be used with drivers screened specifically on combinations of risk-factors.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Gidron, Y
    • Gal, R
    • Desevilya, H S
  • Publication Date: 2003-6

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2003 12:00AM