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Citation

Dhami MK, Garcia-Retamero R. Span. J. Psychol. 2012; 15(2): 638-647.

Affiliation

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. m.dhami@surrey.ac.uk

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Complutense University of Madrid, Publisher Cambridge University Press)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

22774438

Abstract

We used an open-ended survey to elicit Spanish young adults' perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of speeding and not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet). Around half of the sample reported past engagement in these two risky behaviors, although forecasted engagement was low. Past and forecasted risk taking were positively correlated. Participants provided more drawbacks than benefits of each risky behavior. Drawbacks typically referred to a combination of behavioral acts and social reactions (e.g., accident, punishment) that occurred during the journey. By contrast, benefits largely referred to personal effects (e.g., save time, comfort) that occurred after the journey had ended (speeding) or during the journey (not wearing a seatbelt/helmet). These findings contribute to our theoretical understanding of young adults' risk taking on the road, and to the development of road safety programs.


Language: en

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