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Cessation of driving in later life

Buys, Laurie (2002) Cessation of driving in later life. In Proceeding of Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 22 November 2002, Queensland University of technology, Brisbane.

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Abstract

Remember, as teenagers, the absolute necessity and importance of getting our driver’s licence. That little piece of plastic meant that we had independence, freedom and status! This importance does not diminish as we grow older, in fact, we do all that we can to retain our licence. The aim of this research is to investigate whether the cessation of driving in later life leads to a reduction of independence of older adults. The participants are 26 individuals over the age of 70 years living in the Brisbane metropolitan area, about half of whom are current drivers, with the remaining having surrendered their licence in the recent past. The respondents participated in in-depth telephone interviews. Preliminary investigations of the data reveal that older drivers insist that the cessation of driving would result in the reduction of their independence, convenience, and mobility. However, further investigation involving ex-drivers directly challenges these strongly held assumptions. Clearly the process of relinquishing a driver’s licence represented a struggle for the ex-drivers, but this struggle resulted in their ability to maintain their desired life style through the use of alternative transport. This process of struggle may represent another of life’s rites of passage.

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ID Code: 21256
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This is a refereed conference paper
Keywords: Ageing, Driving, Independence
ISBN: 1741070031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 11:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:45

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