Connection without caution? The role of mobile phone involvement in predicting young people’s intentions to use a mobile phone while driving

White, Katherine M., Walsh, Shari P., Hyde, Melissa K., & Watson, Barry C. (2012) Connection without caution? The role of mobile phone involvement in predicting young people’s intentions to use a mobile phone while driving. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 23(1), pp. 16-21.

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The present study examined the predictors of the intentions of young people aged between 17 and 24 years (N = 196) to use their mobile phone while driving. Using convenience sampling, drivers were recruited at petrol station travel centres to complete a cross-sectional survey. The Theory of Planned Behaviour constructs of attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioural control (PBC) were measured, as well as mobile phone involvement - a construct based on behavioural addiction components to reflect people’s cognitive and behavioural interaction with their mobile phone. Attitudes, PBC, and mobile phone involvement predicted young people’s intentions to use their mobile phone while driving, highlighting the need for interventions to address the perceived rewards and costs of the behaviour and to challenge the potentially powerful need to be constantly connected with others by technology irrespective of the associated dangers.

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ID Code: 53516
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: AIS, car occupant, ISS, mortality, NISS, pedestrian, road trauma, trauma
ISSN: 1832-9497
Subjects: 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 > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australasian College of Road Safety
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2012 23:19
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 10:16

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