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Motor vehicle collisions: psychological impact

Wiesenthal, Naomi & Vingilis, Evelyn (2007) Motor vehicle collisions: psychological impact. In 17th Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference, 3-6 June 2007, Montreal.

Abstract

Previous research has shown that the psychological sequelae of motor vehicle collision injuries include depression, anxiety, driving phobia, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other symptoms. Women and people who report pre-collision PTSD, anxiety, and depression are more likely to develop PTSD, anxiety, and other distress following collision. However, no prior research has been truly prospective. The current study employs the National Population Health Study (utilizing a large, nationally representative, Canadian sample) to prospectively examine the role of pre-collision characteristics in predicting post-injury functioning up to seven years post-injury. Using hierarchical regression controlling for demographic variables, the present study demonstrates the negative impact of MVC injury on psychosocial functioning. MVC injury predicts distress, nervousness, restlessness, depression, alcohol consumption, lower happiness, and greater stress. The current study also highlights that pre-injury psychological distress, nervousness, restlessness, depression, alcohol consumption, and stress predict poorer post-injury functioning. However, pre-injury happiness, coherence, and social support predict better post-injury functioning over the next seven years.

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ID Code: 15762
Item Type: Conference Paper
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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 > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 14:10

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