The Personality Correlates of Driving While Intexticated

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Chelsea B. Rekowski (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Mark C. Bowler

Abstract: The present study attempted to identify the antecedents of texting while driving. Specifically this study looks at the relationship between personality traits (i.e. the Big-Five) trait risk taking and the cognitive rationalizations of such behavior. Overall of the 1028 participants 59.8% indicated a willingness to text while driving at least some of the time. Moreover results indicated that the more extraverted neurotic and high in health risk taking an individual is the more likely he/she is to text while driving. Furthermore a set of cognitive rationalizations used to justify the behavior were found to have the strongest relationship. 

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Date: 2012
Psychology, Driving, personality, risk taking, texting
Distraction (Psychology)
Distracted driving
Cell phones and teenagers
Text messaging (Cell phone systems)

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