THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS, DRIVERS SPECIFIC PERSONALITY TRAITS AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

IONUT GANEA, VERONICA NEACSU, VLASIE ANDREEA, DANIELA JIVAN, MIHAI CIOLACU

University of Bucharest

Abstract

This research aims to identify a correlation between stress, personality traits specific to drivers, aggressive driving and vehicle brand. The study was conducted on 90 participants aged between 18 and 63 years old. Each participant had to complete an online questionnaire containing 119 questions whose answers sketch a portrait of the person regarding its behavior in traffic. Participation in this study was performed on condition of anonymity, and the questions in the questionnaire have been formulated so as not to encroach on the privacy of the subjects. The instruments were: The Aggressive Driving Behavior Test- AVIS (Herzberg & Guthke, 2001) The Inventory of Driving Related Personality Traits- IVPE (Taubman-Ben-Ari, Mikulincer and Gillath (2004) and Perceived stress scale (Parker & Decotiis, 1983). The results evidence statistically significant positive correlations between the variables: agresivelly behavior and stresstotal (r=.291; p<.01), agresivelly and Self-control (r=.603; p<.01), agresivelly and need for excitement (r=.500; p<.01), stresstotal and Emotionall Stability (r=.513; p<.05), agresivelly and Honestly scale (r=-.342; p<0.01), stresstotal and Honestly scale (r=-.299; p<0.01). Conclusions: the results evidence that the agresivelly behavior in traffic and total stress perceived are negative correlated with honestly scale. Furthermore, the agresivelly personality traits are correlated with need for excitment, total stress perceived and self-control.

Keywords: need for excitments, self-cotrol, honestity, emotional stability

Cuvinte cheie: nevoia de aventură, autocontrol, onestitate, stabilitate emotională


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