Associations between self-reported mindfulness, driving anger and aggressive driving

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Abstract

Anger and aggression on the roads is associated with how drivers evaluate the driving situation and the behaviour of other drivers. Consequently, both can be exacerbated when these evaluations are made superficially and/or when drivers have pre-existing negative schemas regarding certain types of road situations or users. Mindfulness is likely to have negative associations with anger and aggression because it promotes opposing appraisals. That is, it encourages emotion-regulation and involves acceptance of, but not reaction to, the current situation. To examine these associations, a total of 309 drivers responded to an online questionnaire assessing mindfulness, driving anger and aggressive driving. The results showed that mindfulness shared negative relationships with driving anger and self-reported aggressive driving. However, when these relationships were examined simultaneously using Structural Equation Modelling, mindfulness was found to relate only to anger and this, in turn, predicted aggressive driving. Further analysis showed that driving anger mediates the relationship between mindfulness and aggressive driving. These results suggest that mindfulness training may provide a promising intervention for drivers prone to driving anger and subsequent aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving
  • Driving anger
  • Mindfulness
  • Road safety

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Associations between self-reported mindfulness, driving anger and aggressive driving. / Stephens, A.N.; Koppel, S.; Young, K.L.; Chambers, R.; Hassed, C.

In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 56, 01.07.2018, p. 149-155.

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