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Role of Positive and Negative Affect on Coping Strategies of Turkish Drivers

Driving is a complex and demanding activity, thus, is mostly accompanied with stress, which is found to influence psychological and physiological health of driver, resulting with increased probability of fatal accidents. Matthews developed first driver stress model, which is a demonstration of interactions between environmental stressors, driver cognitive stress processes, personality traits related with stress vulnerability and stress outcome experiencing by driver. Dispositional affect characteristics are one of the most notable elements of coping strategies. Many studies prove that affects can predict coping strategies. This study is conducted to understand the relationship between dispositional affect characteristics of Turkish drivers and their coping strategies. Results indicate that dispositional affect of drivers are able to predict their coping strategies. Possible implications of these findings are discussed.