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Spanish young adults' perceptions of the costs and benefits of risky driving behaviors.

Dhami, MK and García-Retamero, R (2012) Spanish young adults' perceptions of the costs and benefits of risky driving behaviors. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 15 (2). pp. 638-647.

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We used an open-ended survey to elicit Spanish young adults' perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of speeding and not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet). Around half of the sample reported past engagement in these two risky behaviors, although forecasted engagement was low. Past and forecasted risk taking were positively correlated. Participants provided more drawbacks than benefits of each risky behavior. Drawbacks typically referred to a combination of behavioral acts and social reactions (e.g., accident, punishment) that occurred during the journey. By contrast, benefits largely referred to personal effects (e.g., save time, comfort) that occurred after the journey had ended (speeding) or during the journey (not wearing a seatbelt/helmet). These findings contribute to our theoretical understanding of young adults' risk taking on the road, and to the development of road safety programs.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors : Dhami, MK and García-Retamero, R
Date : July 2012
DOI : 10.5209/rev_SJOP.2012.v15.n2.38875
Uncontrolled Keywords : Adult, Automobile Driving, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Female, Head Protective Devices, Humans, Male, Motorcycles, Questionnaires, Risk-Taking, Safety, Seat Belts, Spain
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Additional Information : Copyright 2012 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jun 2014 09:02
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:11

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