Hoon driving: predicting willingness to be involved from social learning and deterrence perspectives

Gee Kee, Alita, Steinhardt, Dale A., & Palk, Gavan (2007) Hoon driving: predicting willingness to be involved from social learning and deterrence perspectives. In 2007 Road Safety: Research, Policing, Education Conference, 17-19th October, Melbourne.

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Hooning, or the use of vehicles in an antisocial, ‘loutish’ and dangerous manner has received recent attention in regards to road safety. This study used a web-based survey of over 700 predominantly young, university students to detail the extent of involvement in hooning, and the relative ability of Social Learning and Deterrence theories to account for the behaviour. While both Deterrence (DT) and Social Learning Theory (SLT) were significant predictors of hooning individually, SLT predicted the behaviour over and above DT. Significant components of DT included Perceived Severity of Punishment and Punishment Avoidance, while the strongest SLT predictors were Attitudes to the behaviour and Rewards gained from taking part in the behaviour. The results highlight the particular social nature of hooning behaviour, where groups of mainly young drivers gather with a focal point of the vehicles. The key element that enforcement has in deterring becoming involved is also noted. Future possible directions in intervention development are presented based on these findings.

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ID Code: 10558
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: CARRS, Q, hooning, hoon, driving, reckless, dangerous, social learning, deterrence
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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