Driving-Related Anger and Risky Driving Behaviors among Young Drivers

Author: Madiha Islam

Supervisor: Dr. Afsheen Masood

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The main objective of this research is to examine the relationship between driving related anger and risky driving behaviors among young drivers. It was hypothesized that there is positive relationship between factors of risky driving and driving related anger which may cause accidents. A sample of 100 participants was included, age range being 18-26 years from University of Punjab. The measures were Deffenbacher Driving Anger Scale (Deffenbacher, Oetting & Lynch, 1994) Short Form, Self-Constructed Risky Behavior Questionnaire based on statements which depicted` risky behaviors among young drivers; self-constructed checklist for determinants of driver’s anger and self-constructed demographic questionnaire were also used. The tools were translated and adapted after seeking prior permission from authors of the questionnaire. The data was analyzed through Person Product-Moment Correlation to find relationship between the driving related anger and risky driving. The gender differences were sought through Independent sample t-test. The findings revealed that there is significant positive correlation between anger related driving and Risky driving behaviors. Findings also revealed that there is no significant difference between male and female drivers. There was no significant difference and more in experienced driver and less experienced driver. Findings also explored that there is no significant difference between frequencies of driving. Driving related anger predicted risky driving behaviors. This research provides strong ground to advance studies in future and provided basis for further research in Pakistan.

Keywords: Driving-Related Anger, Risky Driving, Cause Accident.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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