The Relationship between traumatic life experiences, locus of control and driver behaviors

Öz, Cansu
The aim of the current study was to investigate effects of traumatic life experience on driver behaviors by measuring their world assumption and posttraumatic growth and to evaluate indirect effect of locus of control between world assumptions and driver behaviors. The total of 533 Turkish drivers participated to study and they were assigned to study groups in terms of reported traumatic experience. In traffic trauma group, there was 120 drivers who reported experiencing only traffic accident. 231 drivers who experience traumatic experience except for traffic accident were assigned to general trauma group. In control group, there was 120 drivers who reported any traumatic experience. To determine assignment to groups Traumatic Events Checklist was used. Also, participants were expected to answer the World Assumption Scale, the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, Driver Behavior Questionnaires, the Multidimensional Traffic Locus of Control Scale, and Rotter’s Locus of Control Scale.The results showed that the groups were differed on the Randomness and total WAS score. Subscales of the WAS and TLOC has predictive power on errors, violations and positive driver behaviors. In addition, it was found that traffic locus of control mediated the relationship between world assumptions and driver behaviors. Limitations and contributions of the study were discussed in light of the literature. 


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Citation Formats
C. Öz, “The Relationship between traumatic life experiences, locus of control and driver behaviors,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.