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Canadian and Spanish youths' risk perceptions of drinking and driving, and riding with a drunk driver

Dhami, MK, Mandel, DR and Garcia-Retamero, R (2011) Canadian and Spanish youths' risk perceptions of drinking and driving, and riding with a drunk driver International Journal of Psychology, 46 (2). pp. 81-90.

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The present research compared Canadian and Spanish youths’ perceptions of the potential benefits and drawbacks of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and riding with a drunk driver (RDD). Eighty (41 female) Canadian and 87 (71 female) Spanish undergraduates completed a survey asking about their past and forecasted engagement in DUI and RDD, and their perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of DUI and RDD. A sizeable proportion of both samples reported DUI and RDD in the past year. Past risk takers forecasted significantly greater chances of engaging in these behaviors in the following year compared to those who had not engaged in DUI and RDD. Both samples provided significantly more drawbacks than benefits of DUI and RDD. Whereas the benefits of both behaviors tended to refer to personal effects (e.g., save money, arrive faster) that occurred before, during, or after driving, the drawbacks referred to a range of outcomes (e.g., accident, kill/injure, penal sanction) that mostly occurred during driving. Although Canada and Spain differ in important respects (e.g., potential penalty for DUI), there were similarities in the two samples’ perceptions of DUI and RDD. Young people are aware of the costs of these risky behaviors but nevertheless engage in them. These findings can inform theories of the co-occurrence of risky driving behaviors, and the development of prevention programs that focus on perceived outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Dhami, MK
Mandel, DR
Garcia-Retamero, R
Date : 2011
DOI : 10.1080/00207594.2010.526121
Uncontrolled Keywords : Drinking and driving, Riding with a drunk driver, Youth, Risk taking, Risk perception, UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS, YOUNG DRIVERS, BEHAVIOR, ADULTS, CONSEQUENCES, ADOLESCENTS, INTENTIONS, BENEFITS, DECISION, REASONS
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Dhami MK, Mandel DR, Garcia-Retamero R (2011). Canadian and Spanish youths' risk perceptions of drinking and driving, and riding with a drunk driver. International Journal of Psychology 46(2):81-90 Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2012 17:08
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:37

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