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Title Distress Tolerance as a Predictor of Risky and Aggressive Driving
Source Tariffic Injury Prevention, 15, 4, pp. 349-354
Year 2014
Access date 20.03.2014

Objective: The purpose of this investigation was to determine the relationship between distress tolerance and risky and aggressive driving. Distress tolerance, defined as an individual's capability to experience and endure negative emotional states, was hypothesized to be related negatively to aggressive driving and risky driving.

Methods: An anonymous, web-based survey of 769 college students was conducted at a large East Coast university.

Results: After controlling for age, gender, race, ethnicity, year in school, grade point average, and driving frequency, distress tolerance was significantly inversely related to reported risky driving and aggressive driving.

Conclusion: College drivers who have a diminished capacity to endure frustration without experiencing negative emotional states (i.e., low distress tolerance) tend to drive aggressively and in a risky manner. Traditional deterrence-based approaches to highway safety may benefit from inclusion of a wider array of prevention strategies that focus on emotion regulation while driving.

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Year of publication2014
Bibliographic typeJournal article