An exploration of Australian driving anger

O'Brien, Sharon R., Tay, Richard S., & Watson, Barry C. (2002) An exploration of Australian driving anger. In 2002 Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 4-5 November 2002, Adelaide, SA.



This paper reports the findings of two studies undertaken to explore the extent and nature of driving anger among a sample of Australian drivers. A qualitative study involving 25 drivers investigated the types of road incidents that evoked feelings of anger and frustration. The findings suggested that it is the effect of situation-specific factors, including the characteristics of the ‘offending driver’ which result in feelings of anger and the expression of aggression on the roads. Further to this finding, the full Driving Anger Scale (DAS) was administered to 166 participants in order to assess the applicability of this situation specific, general driving anger measure for Australian drivers. Factor analysis revealed a five-factor loading that resulted in the combining and renaming of two of the original DAS subscales. Also, the findings suggest that the DAS items may lack the situational, or contextual cues, sufficient to elicit meaningful measures of driving anger on Australian roads. Further analysis of the DAS, administered to a larger sample, is recommended.

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ID Code: 9744
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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ISBN: 0646419919
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychological Methodology Design and Analysis (170110)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 19:14

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