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Legitimising risk taking: articulating dangerous behaviour on the road / Charles Musselwhite; Erel Avineri; Yusak O. Susilo

Transportation Planning and Technology, Volume: 37, Issue: 1, Pages: 62 - 82

Swansea University Author: Musselwhite, Charles

DOI (Published version): 10.1080/03081060.2013.844905

Abstract

Using a deliberative approach 228 members of the public from four locations in the United Kingdom took part in six focus groups that met on three occasions. Applying a model based on two interlocking sets of theories (Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour and Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems T...

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Published in: Transportation Planning and Technology
Published: 2014
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17930
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Abstract: Using a deliberative approach 228 members of the public from four locations in the United Kingdom took part in six focus groups that met on three occasions. Applying a model based on two interlocking sets of theories (Ajzen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour and Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory) in the analysis of participants’ responses, the paper explores the social and environmental systems that an individual interacts with in the articulation of risky behaviours on the road. Participants discussed how taking risks changed over their lifecourse and how they became safer with age. Social norms and perceived behavioural control influence road user safety behaviour through the exchanging of attitudes and younger drivers especially are more likely to embrace the symbolic role of the car. The paper concludes that the nature of identity and culture within risk taking is important when designing interventions on the ground.
Keywords: Risk taking, driver behaviour, ecological systems, theory of planned behaviour, social psychology, identity
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 62
End Page: 82