The Elderly Pedestrian and Social Representations

The main goal of this paper is to identify social representations of the road environment by aged pedestrians and to analyze the implications of such representations with regard to their security and mobility. This study adopts a qualitative and exploratory approach, taking traffic safety into account as an interdisciplinary subject, backed up by the Social Representations Theory (SR). Since census data identified Rio de Janeiro with the highest proportion of elderly among the country's state capitals, the study's survey data was obtained from elderly Rio de Janeiro residents. The analysis of the data indicates a heightened potential for exposure to risk among elderly pedestrians who, even though they perceive the traffic environment as hostile and unsafe, give priority to their mobility, to the detriment of their safety. One of the most significant results is attention drawn to the vital importance of public transit in providing mobility to this population. The results of the study also strongly confirm the importance of interdisciplinary research into traffic safety, with emphasis on the transport sector's potential to contribute with strategic approaches to promote health and social inclusion, particularly in the case of the elderly population.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp79-89
  • Monograph Title: Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Proceedings of the ICTTP 2004

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  • Accession Number: 01004361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080443796
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 13 2005 9:21AM