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The role of affect in predicting social behaviors: The case of road traffic violations

Lawton, R., Parker, D., Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid and Stradling, S. G. 1997. The role of affect in predicting social behaviors: The case of road traffic violations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 27 (14) , pp. 1258-1276. 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb01805.x

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Increasing support for the relationship between road traffic violations and accident liability has led to research focusing on the motivational factors that promote these behaviors. In Study 1, a large sample of young (17–40 years) drivers were asked to complete the Driver Behavior Questionnaire (DBQ; Parker, Reason, Manstead, & Stradling, 1995). Factor analysis revealed 3 factors: errors, highway code violations, and more interpersonally aggressive violations. In Study 2, a smaller sample of drivers was recruited (17–70 years) to investigate further this distinction between different types of violation and also the role of affect in predicting behavior. Factor analysis of a modified DBQ revealed 3 types of violation. Measures of positive affect were found to be good predictors of all 3 violation types. Discussion focuses on social psychological and applied implications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1559-1816
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:12

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