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Psychosocial function of driving as predictor of risk-taking behaviour
Møller, M., Danish Transport Research Institute (DTF), Knuth-Winterfeldts Allé, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science.
2008 (English)In: Accident Analysis and Prevention, ISSN 0001-4575, Vol. 40, no 1, 209-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 1, 209-215 p.
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Denmark, Driving behaviour, Lifestyle, Risk-taking behaviour, Young drivers
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47188DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2007.05.007OAI: diva2:268084
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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