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Drive better, feel better: predicting well-being and driving behaviour in undergraduate psychology students

Bowen, Louise ORCID: and Smith, Andrew ORCID: 2019. Drive better, feel better: predicting well-being and driving behaviour in undergraduate psychology students. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal 6 (2) , pp. 302-318. 10.14738/assrj.62.6221

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Road transport often presents one of the major safety risks to which individuals are exposed. In the present study, driving behaviour, driving skill, driving hazards and their potential links to well-being were examined in a sample of 224 undergraduate psychology students at Cardiff University. A cross-sectional, online survey measured driving behaviour (e.g., distraction and aggression - derived from the recent work of Smith, 2016) and well-being (positive outcomes, negative outcomes, and positive and negative appraisals) using the Student-WPQ (Williams et al., 2017). Hierarchical multiple regressions demonstrated that poor driving behaviour predicted negative well-being and appraisal, whereas more pro-social driving behaviour was predictive of positive well-being and appraisal. These effects remained significant when established predictors of well-being were covaried. Therefore, this research has identified links between well-being and driving behaviour. While it is acknowledged that the crosssectional nature of the research makes attribution of causality problematic, it is suggested the identification of potential variables of interest paves the way for further longitudinal enquiry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Additional Information: This paper has been peer-reviewed.
Publisher: Society for science and Education
ISSN: 2055-0286
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 February 2019
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2023 16:22

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