Faculty Publications

Title

Predicting aggressive driving behavior from anger and negative cognitions

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Cognitive distortions, Driver aggression, Driving anger, Dysfunctional attitudes

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

Volume

15

Issue

6

First Page

710

Last Page

718

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the anger experience and expression, as well as cognitive distortions, of individuals who self-report higher and lower levels of driver aggression. Fifty-seven higher driver aggression participants and 73 lower driver aggression participants completed measures of trait anger, driving anger, anger expression, angry thoughts while driving, hostile thoughts, and dysfunctional attitudes. The present study results suggest that higher aggression drivers demonstrate a different pattern of affective experience, problematic cognitive tendencies, and subsequent negative outcomes in comparison to those reporting lower levels of aggression. Future research should continue to investigate patterns of negative cognitions for aggressive drivers, in order to inform treatment and prevention strategies for this societal concern. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2012

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.trf.2012.07.003

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