Psychosocial function of driving as predictor of risk-taking behaviour
2008 (English)In: Accident Analysis and Prevention, ISSN 0001-4575, Vol. 40, no 1, 209-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examined the relation between risk-taking behaviour while driving, the psychosocial function of driving, leisure time activities, car oriented peer group interaction and educational attainment. Two thousand four hundred seventeen drivers aged 18-25, randomly selected from the Danish Driving Licence Register, participated in the study. Data was collected through a mail survey. The response rate was 60.4%. A positive significant effect on risk-taking behaviour based on the score on the psychosocial function of driving was found (p < 0.001). A positive significant effect on risk-taking behaviour was also found based on driving related interaction with friends. Low structure/high impulsivity leisure time activities such as playing PC-games, doing body building and partying with friends were found to be related to increased risk-taking behaviour (p < 0.01). Although risk-taking behaviour is generally condemned by society results show that risk-taking behaviour while driving can also be functional in the lives of the young drivers. Consequently, other motives than safety motives are at stake when engaging in risk-taking behaviour. Implications for preventive efforts are discussed. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 40, no 1, 209-215 p.
Denmark, Driving behaviour, Lifestyle, Risk-taking behaviour, Young drivers
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47188DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2007.05.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-47188DiVA: diva2:268084