Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults

Wong, Ides Y., Smith, Simon S., & Sullivan, Karen A. (2016) Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults. Australasian Journal On Ageing, 35(2), pp. 133-138.

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  • This study aimed to investigate:

    • (i) whether attitudes and beliefs about driving predict older adults’ driving self-regulation, and how much variance in self-regulation can be explained by these factors, and;

    • (ii) if driving confidence is controlled, whether attitudes and beliefs remain significant independent predictors of driving self-regulation.


  • The present study examined the psychosocial factors that underlie driving self-regulation in 277 older adults within Australia. Participants completed standardised questionnaires about their driving, attitudes, belief and use of driving self-regulation.


  • Driving confidence, affective and instrumental attitude, and perceived behavioural control were all significant predictors of driving self-regulation. The combination of these factors accounted for 56% of the variance in driving self-regulation.


  • Driving self-regulation is a complex behaviour influenced by a wide range of psychosocial factors. Improved understanding of these factors could inform strategies to improve older driver safety and influence the advice that people receive.

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ID Code: 97656
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12252
ISSN: 1440-6381
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2016 01:38
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 23:37

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