Feelings of vulnerability and effects on driving behaviour:a qualitative study


Feelings of vulnerability in driving can be considered an emotional response to risk perception and the coping strategies adopted could have implications for continued mobility. In a series of focus groups with 48 licensed drivers aged 18-75 years, expressions of vulnerability in driver coping behaviours were examined. Despite feelings of vulnerability appearing low, qualitative thematic analysis revealed a complex array of coping strategies in everyday driving including planning, use of 'co-pilots', self-regulation, avoidance and confrontive coping, i.e. intentional aggression toward other road users. The findings inform future intervention studies to enable appropriate coping strategy selection and prolong independent mobility in older adults.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2014.03.001
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Transportation research: part F. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Gwyther, H & Holland, C, 'Feelings of vulnerability and effects on driving behaviour: a qualitative study' Transportation research: part F, vol 24 (2014) DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2014.03.001
Uncontrolled Keywords: driving behaviour,coping,feelings of vulnerability,older adults
Publication ISSN: 1369-8478
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:13
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 11:50
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-05
Published Online Date: 2014-04-03
Authors: Gwyther, Holly (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2867-4184)
Holland, Carol (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1846-8897)



Version: Accepted Version

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