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Dialling and driving: factors influencing intentions to use a mobile phone while driving.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19068291     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite being identified as an unsafe (and, in some jurisdictions, illegal) driving practice, the psychological factors underlying people's decision to use their mobile phone while driving have received little attention. The present study utilised the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to examine the role of attitudes, norms, control factors, and risk perceptions, in predicting people's intentions to use their mobile phone while driving. We examined the predictors of intentions to use a mobile phone while driving in general, and for calling and text messaging in 4 scenarios differing in descriptions of vehicle speed and time pressure. There was some support for the TPB given that attitudes consistently predicted intentions to drive while using a mobile phone and that pressure from significant others (norms) determined some phone use while driving intentions, although less support was found for the role of perceptions of control. Risk was not generally predictive of safer driving intentions. These findings indicate that different factors influence each form of mobile phone use while driving and, hence, a multi-strategy approach is likely to be required to address the issue.
Shari P Walsh; Katherine M White; Melissa K Hyde; Barry Watson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-09-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1879-2057     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-10     Completed Date:  2009-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1893-900     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Beams Road, Carseldine, Queensland 4034, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Automobile Driving / psychology*
Cellular Phone*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection
Middle Aged
Young Adult

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