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The moderating effect of trait anxiety on anxiety-related thoughts and actions whilst driving

Barnard, Megan Patricia; Chapman, Peter

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Abstract

Whilst there is evidence for the impact of driving anxiety on behaviour, less exists for the impact of trait anxiety; what does exist is inconclusive. The current study explored the possibility that trait anxiety interacts with driving anxiety to impact the frequency of negative on-road thoughts and behaviours. An online survey was administered to participants with full driver’s licences, and the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety, the Driving Cognitions Questionnaire, and the Driving Behaviour Survey, were completed. Moderation analyses suggested that in addition to an increase in social concerns and aggressive responses, high trait anxiety reduced positive associations between driving anxiety and exaggerated safety-cautious behaviours, as well as the general use of maladaptive reactions to stressful situations. As scores on these subscales were still higher regardless of reduced associations, it is argued that those with an anxious personality should be made aware of their potential to violate traffic norms in stressful situations, as well as those with high levels of driving anxiety.

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Barnard, M. P., & Chapman, P. (2018). The moderating effect of trait anxiety on anxiety-related thoughts and actions whilst driving. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.027

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 17, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 20, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2018
Journal Personality and Individual Differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Electronic ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 135
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.027
Keywords Driving anxiety; Trait anxiety; Stress; Questionnaire
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53032
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886918304227?_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_origin=gateway&_docanchor=&md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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