The relationship between cognitive ability, insight and self-regulatory behaviors: Findings from the older driver population

Wong, Ides Y., Smith, Simon S., & Sullivan, Karen A. (2012) The relationship between cognitive ability, insight and self-regulatory behaviors: Findings from the older driver population. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 49, pp. 316-321.

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Self-regulation is often promoted as a coping strategy that may allow older drivers to drive safely for longer. Self-regulation depends upon drivers making an accurate assessment of their own ability and having a willingness to practice self-regulatory behaviors to compensate for changes in ability. The current study explored the relationship between older drivers’ cognitive ability, their driving confidence and their use of self-regulation. An additional study aim was to explore the relationship between these factors and older drivers’ interest in driving programs. Seventy Australian drivers aged 65 years and over completed a questionnaire about their driving and a brief screening measure of cognitive ability (an untimed Clock Drawing Test). While all participants reported high levels of confidence regarding their driving ability, and agreed that they would continue driving in the foreseeable future, a notable proportion performed poorly on the Clock Drawing Test. Compared to older drivers who successfully completed the Clock Drawing Test, those who failed the cognitive test were significantly less likely to report driving self-regulation, and showed significantly less interest in being involved in driving programs. Older drivers with declining cognitive abilities may not be self-regulating their driving. This group also appears to be unlikely to self-refer to driving programs.

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ID Code: 51534
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Driving, Older adults, Driving self-regulation, Insight, Cognitive ability
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.05.031
ISSN: 1879-2057 (online) 0001-4575 (print)
Subjects: 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 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2012 23:00
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2015 19:28

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