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Personality, dangerous driving, and involvement in accidents: Testing a contextual mediated model

Monteiro, Renan P and Coelho, Gabriel Lins de Holanda and Hanel, Paul HP and Pimentel, Carlos Eduardo and Gouveia, Valdiney V (2018) 'Personality, dangerous driving, and involvement in accidents: Testing a contextual mediated model.' Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 58. pp. 106-114. ISSN 1369-8478

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The present study tested the role of various personality traits in explaining dangerous driving and involvement in accidents, using a contextual mediated model (N = 311). We initially found direct effects of personality traits on dangerous driving indicators (Big-5, Dark Triad, sensation seeking, aggression, and impulsivity). Subsequently, personality variables with predictive power were tested in the mediation model. Indirect effects of anger, psychopathy and sensation seeking on the history of involvement in traffic accidents were found, which was predicted directly by risky driving. The results are discussed based on the characteristics of each trait. Overall, our research replicates and extends previous findings and highlights the importance of psychological evaluations (e.g., personality test) when prospective drivers are applying for a driver license.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traffic psychology; Personality; Psychopathy; Sensation seeking
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 21:46
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:06

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