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Factorial structure of recklessness: to what extent are older drivers different?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15288566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PROBLEM: This study tests whether the original factorial structure of a recklessness questionnaire can be maintained for the current Spanish population of older drivers.
JUSTIFICATION: Our recent interest in dedicating special attention to senior citizen mobility (Monterde, 2001), is due to the impending increase of the aging population in Western countries; this has led us to reinitiate the psychometric study of the construct validity, revising and including older drivers in the psychometric aspects of those evaluation instruments that will then be used in the Spanish psycho-medical check of drivers and in research.
METHODS: Factorial analysis was used to determine validity.
RESULTS: There was an appearance of a different psychological pattern in elderly drivers, specifically, a psychological anxiety trait related to the task of driving. Furthermore, interesting data were found about the attitude of this sector toward the "traffic society" and toward some of the measures included in Spanish legislation that affect especially older drivers (such as the psycho-medical check). IMPACT ON INDUSTRY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE: These results suggest the possible existence of some kind of "compensation phenomenon," which could have influence over the scores obtained and their interpretation. Consequently, the evaluation instruments should be tested and, if necessary, adapted or specifically created for use with this age group.
Authors:
Hector Monterde i Bort
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of safety research     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0022-4375     ISO Abbreviation:  J Safety Res     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-03     Completed Date:  2004-09-21     Revised Date:  2011-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264241     Medline TA:  J Safety Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Psychonomy Research Unit, Department of Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences, Facultad de Psicología-UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA, Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 21, E-46010-VALENCIA, Spain. hector.monterde@uv.es
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
Age Factors*
Aged
Attitude
Automobile Driving / psychology*
Geriatrics
Humans
Psychometrics
Questionnaires
Risk Reduction Behavior
Safety*

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