Research Papers

Attributional Theory: A new source for driver safety initiatives

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Category 2009–CMRSC-XIX–Saskatoon
Tags Session 7B, Student Paper Award Winner
Author/Auteur Christine M. Wickens
Award/Prix Étudiant 1 Student


The current study tested the applicability of Weiner’s attributional theory of social conduct to the driving environment. Study 1 adopted a written scenario methodology where participants were asked to imagine themselves being cut off by another motorist on the highway. Experimental manipulation of the specific event-related details allowed for a complete range of scores on the variables of interest. A path analysis confirmed adequate fit of Weiner’s model. Study 2 adopted a diary study methodology, where participants completed on-line driving diaries every two days identifying their most negative/upsetting encounter with another motorist. With the most anger-provoking event from these diary entries in mind, participants were asked to respond to a questionnaire similar to that used in Study 1. Again, results generally confirmed the fit of the model to the data. Limitations and implications of the results are discussed.

Christine M. Wickens