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Psychosocial influences on drug driving in young Australian drivers.
C 37985 (In: C 37981 [electronic version only]) /83 / ITRD E213950
Armstrong, K. Wills, A. & Watson, B.
In: Australasian Road Safety Research Policing Education Conference 2005, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 14-16 November 2005, [Print] p. 19-24, 37 ref.

Samenvatting Epidemiological evidence regarding the occurrence of drug driving amongst young drivers is concerning. This study examined the prevalence of drug driving in a sample of 331 young Australian drivers (average age 24 years), as well as a number of social and psychological influences associated with the behaviour. Investigations revealed that drug driving behaviour was significantly correlated with vicarious punishment avoidance and direct punishment avoidance, suggesting an important link between young peoples’ perceptions about detection and punishment and their own propensity to drug drive. Sensation seeking and attitudes were also significantly correlated with drug driving. Further evidence indicated that those who perceived more social and non-social rewards than punishments associated with drug driving, were more likely to engage in the behaviour. Results suggest that perceptions about detection and punishment are an important influence upon drug driving behaviour for young drivers. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E214057. Printed volume contains peer-reviewed papers. CD-ROM contains submitted papers.
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