The psychological distress of the young driver: A brief report
What is it about?
Psychological distress (which includes both depression and anxiety) exerts a considerable negative influence across the whole of the adolescent’s life. Road safety-related research seems to suggest, however, that there is no impact upon driving behaviours, which seems counter intuitive based on what we know about psychological distress. Therefore, we wanted to explore the relationship between anxiety and depression and self-reported driving behaviours.
Why is it important?
Overall, psychological distress explained risky driving behaviour, such that participants who reported more depression and more anxiety reported more risky driving behaviours.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker