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Drug and drink driving by university students: An exploration of the influence of attitudes

Davey, Jeremy D., Davey, Tamzyn M., & Obst, Patricia L. (2005) Drug and drink driving by university students: An exploration of the influence of attitudes. Traffic Injury Prevention, 6(1), pp. 44-52.

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Abstract

The present study aimed to gather information on drug and alcohol use, the prevalence of drink and drug driving and attitudes to both in an undergraduate university cohort ( n = 275). Further, the study aimed to contribute information to aid intervention program development by determining predictors of drink and drug driving behavior. The study examines both drug and alcohol use and the influence of attitudes toward driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Results indicated that significant proportions of university students are engaging in the risk-taking behavior of driving under the influence of drugs (25%), alcohol (14%), or both (8%). The results suggest that attitudes toward driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are a strong predictor of engaging in the behavior. Peer influence emerged as a major aspect of attitudes. The results of this study provide an important beginning to understanding drink and drug driving and the influence of attitudes in the university student body.

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ID Code: 8401
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Alcohol Use, Drug Use, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Attitudes, University Students
DOI: 10.1080/15389580590903168
ISSN: 1538-957X
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)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
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 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Traffic Injury Prevention 6(1):pp. 44-52.
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:12

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