Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults

Wong, Ides Y., Smith, Simon S. and Sullivan, Karen A. (2016) Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35 2: 133-138. doi:10.1111/ajag.12252

Author Wong, Ides Y.
Smith, Simon S.
Sullivan, Karen A.
Title Psychosocial factors significantly predict driving self-regulation in Australian older adults
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-6612
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12252
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 133
End page 138
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract

This study aimed to investigate: (i) whether attitudes and beliefs about driving predict older adults’ driving self-regulation, and how much variance in self-regulation can be explained by these factors; and (ii) if driving confidence is controlled, whether attitudes and beliefs remain significant independent predictors of driving self-regulation.


The present study examined the psychosocial factors that underlie driving self-regulation in 277 older adults within Australia. Participants completed standardised questionnaires about their driving, attitudes, belief and use of driving self-regulation.


Driving confidence, affective and instrumental attitude, and perceived behavioural control were all significant predictors of driving self-regulation. The combination of these factors accounted for 56% of the variance in driving self-regulation.


Driving self-regulation is a complex behaviour influenced by a wide range of psychosocial factors. Improved understanding of these factors could inform strategies to improve older driver safety and influence the advice that people receive.
Keyword Driving
Older adult
Social cognitive theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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