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Psychosocial factors, goals for driver education and perceptions of driver education

Bates, L, Larue, G.S., Hawkins, A., Filtness, A, Rodwell, D., Watson, B

Novice Driver/Rider Licensing Driver Licensing and Training

ARSC conference 2018

While previous research has identified benefits from certain types of driver education, there has been little research undertaken regarding how psychosocial factors affect this intervention. This research begins to address this gap by examining how four psychosocial characteristics: thrill-seeking, normlessness, attitudes relating to traffic flow and rule obedience as well as attitudes towards speeding, affect perceptions of what should be taught in driver education courses. An online survey was completed by 114 participants aged 17 to 19 years that had completed a driver education course. A series of regression analyses identified that psychosocial factors have an effect.