The applicability of the Precaution Adoption Process Model for understanding self-regulatory driving behaviour among older drivers

Hassan, Heidy, King, Mark, & Watt, Kerrianne (2014) The applicability of the Precaution Adoption Process Model for understanding self-regulatory driving behaviour among older drivers. In 2014 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 12-14 November 2014, Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, VIC. (Unpublished)


  1. Introduction

The success of self-regulation, in terms of enhancing older drivers’ safety and maintaining their mobility, depends largely upon older drivers’ awareness of the declines in their driving abilities. Therefore, interventions targeted at increasing older drivers’ safety should aim to enhance their awareness of their physical, sensory and cognitive limitations. Moreover, previous research suggests that driving behaviour change may occur through stages and that interventions and feedback may be perceived differently at each stage.

  1. Study aims

To further understand the process of driving self-regulation among older adults by exploring their perceptions and experiences of self-regulation, using the PAPM as a framework. To investigate the possible impact of feedback on their driving on their decision making process.

  1. Methodology

Research tool: Qualitative focus groups (n=5 sessions) Recruitment: Posters, media, newspaper advertisement and emails Inclusion criteria: Aged 70 or more, English-speaking, current drivers Participants: Convenience sample of 27 men and women aged 74 to 90 in the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane city, Queensland, Australia.

  1. Analysis

Thematic analysis was conducted following the process outlined by Braun and Clarke (2006) to identify, analyse and report themes within the data. Four main themes were identified.

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ID Code: 81764
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
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Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Deposited On: 12 Feb 2015 22:24
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