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Avaliação Psicológica

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POO, Fernando; LEDESMA, Rubén  and  MONTES, Silvana. Personality traits and aggressive driving. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.3, pp. 269-280. ISSN 1677-0471.

The objective of this research was to analyze the personality traits that could explain individual differences in aggressive driving behavior. The participants were 245 Argentinean drivers from a non-probabilistic sample stratified by gender and age. The MDSI's Anger Driving Style scale was used to asses individual differences in aggressive driving. The Spanish version of the ZKPQ-50-CC was applied to evaluate the main dimensions of the Zuckerman's Alternative Five-Factor Model of Personality (Aggression-Hostility; Impulsivity-Sensation Seeking, Neuroticism-Anxiety, Sociability and Activity). The data were analyzed through a linear multiple regression model, where the personality traits were defined as predictors and the aggressive driving style was the response variable. The analysis was carried out for the total sample and for the sub-samples stratified by gender and age. The findings suggest that there are personality traits related with driving aggression. Nevertheless, the personality traits underlying different age and gender groups of road user are not necessarily the same. The practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords : Aggressive driving; Personality traits; Gender differences; Age differences; Road safety.

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