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Tendency to Aggressive Driving and Road Rage: Identifying Drivers Prone to Aggressive Driving and Road Rage in Motor Vehicle Traffic in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the present study possible associations between driver characteristics and aggressive driving were examined. 210 participants responded to a questionnaire consisting of self-report measures of emotion regulation ability, personality traits, and attitudes towards traffic behaviours in a Swedish translation of the Propensity for Angry Driving Scale (PADS). The main results showed that females, older age, agreeableness, openness, and social desirability were negatively correlated with angry driving behaviour as measured by the PADS. Impulsivity, attention seeking, trait irritability, verbal trait aggression, positive attitude towards speeding, and a high self-reported car manoeuvring ability were positively correlated with angry driving. Partial correlations showed that social desirability, trait irritability, and a positive attitude towards speeding explained most of the unique variance. Multiple regression analysis showed that trait irritability, positive attitude towards speeding, and a high self-reported car manoeuvring ability were the most important predictors of angry driving.

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2011. , 30 p.
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anger, angry driving, road rage, emotion, emotion regulation, personality trait, propensity for angry driving
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63803OAI: diva2:452619
2011-10-11, Psykologiska institutionen, Frescati Hagväg 8, Stockholm, 09:06
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-11-03 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2011-11-03Bibliographically approved

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