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The effect of stress and personality on dangerous driving behavior among Chinese drivers.
Ge, Yan; Qu, Weina; Jiang, Caihong; Du, Feng; Sun, Xianghong; Zhang, Kan
First AuthorGe, Yan
Source PublicationAccident Analysis & Prevention
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The relationship between stress and road safety has been studied for many years, but the effect of global stress and its joint effect with personality on driving behavior have received little attention in previous studies. This study aimed to elucidate the impact of global stress and various personality traits on driving behavior. 242 drivers completed the Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10), the Dula Dangerous Driving Index (DDDI), and several personality trait scales related to anger, sensation seeking, and altruism. The results showed that perceived stress and sensation seeking were significantly correlated with the four subcategories of dangerous driving behavior, namely, negative cognitive/emotional driving (NCED), aggressive driving (AD), risky driving (RD), and drunk driving (DD). Moreover, anger was positively correlated with negative cognitive/emotional driving, aggressive driving, and risky driving, and altruism was negatively correlated with aggressive driving and drunk driving. Hierarchical multiple regressions were applied to analyze the mediating effect of personality traits, and the results showed that anger mediated the relationship between stress and dangerous driving behavior and that this mediating role was especially strong for negative cognitive/emotional driving and aggressive driving. Collectively, the results showed that stress is an important factor that can affect people's driving behavior but that personality traits mediate the effect of stress on driving behavior. The findings from this study regarding the relationship among stress, anger, and dangerous driving behavior could be applied in the development of intervention programs for stress and anger management in order to improve drivers’ ability to manage emotional thoughts and adjust their behavior on the road

KeywordStress Anger Sensation seeking Altruism Dangerous driving Personality traits
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Corresponding AuthorGe, Yan
AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Ge, Yan,Qu, Weina,Jiang, Caihong,et al. The effect of stress and personality on dangerous driving behavior among Chinese drivers.[J]. Accident Analysis & Prevention,2014,73:34-40.
APA Ge, Yan,Qu, Weina,Jiang, Caihong,Du, Feng,Sun, Xianghong,&Zhang, Kan.(2014).The effect of stress and personality on dangerous driving behavior among Chinese drivers..Accident Analysis & Prevention,73,34-40.
MLA Ge, Yan,et al."The effect of stress and personality on dangerous driving behavior among Chinese drivers.".Accident Analysis & Prevention 73(2014):34-40.
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