The psychosocial purpose of driving and its relationship with the behaviour of young novice drivers
What is it about?
We know that young drivers are typically adolescents, and as such they are traversing the important developmental milestones of growing and developing from a child into an adult. We also know that young drivers drive for reasons apart from being a relatively efficient and effective form of travel from point A to point B. We also know that one of the reasons that young drivers commonly report driving is to serve psychosocial needs such as seeing friends. However, there is no reliable or valid short survey which can measure the psychosocial reason for driving. We developed a reliable and valid scale to measure the psychosocial purpose of driving for young drivers which can be used to guide intervention efforts.
Why is it important?
We initially developed a 7 item scale, the Psychosocial Purpose Driving Scale, however, this was refined to a reliable and valid 4 item Psychosocial Purpose Driving Scale (PSPDS) comprising freedom, driving for independence, driving to show you are now an adult, and driving to relax.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker