Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship Between Emotional Dysregulation, Attitude, Social Norms, Perceived Control, and Adult Risky Driving
by Kissick, Charles Michael, Psy.D., Capella University, 2019, 113; 13884157
Abstract (Summary)

Emotional dysregulation, driver attitude toward high-risk driving, perceived social norms, and the perception of control over driving behavior have all been said to have influenced high-risk driving behavior. Previous literature had addressed these four factors in various combinations with other different factors to determine their effect on risky driving with younger populations. This study examined the relationships of emotional regulation, driving attitude, perceived social norms, and perceived behavioral control to determine the best combination to predict the risky driving in adults. Data was gathered using third-party online surveys to measure the predictive variables of emotional regulation, driver attitude toward risky driving, perceived social norm, and perceived behavioral control and the outcome variable of high-risk driving. A quantitative analysis was conducted comparing the predictive variables with high-risky driving in all possible combinations. The sample population consisted of 100 adults who were 21 years of age and older and drove at least 25 miles each week. The survey information determined that most of the online respondents were over the age of 40 (62%), were females (82%) and 40% of all respondents had a college degree. Correlation effects of all four predictive variables on high-risk driving were determined using a multiple regression with a backward method of removing variables based on their significance value. Emotion dysregulation, driver attitude, perceived social norm, and perceived behavioral control were all found to be significantly related to high-risk driving behavior. The greatest effect was found to include all four variables together (variance of 35.7 %). The greatest single predictor was driver attitude with a variance of 25.1%. The effect on high-risk driving was increased whenever another predictive variable was added.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cameron, William R., Pack, Shana
Commitee: Cameron, William R., Vail, Thomas C., Weber, Barbara
School: Capella University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Driver attitude, Emotional dysregulation, High-risk driving, Perceived behavioral control, Perceived social norm, Theory of planned behavior
Publication Number: 13884157
ISBN: 978-1-392-25926-9
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