Assessment of insight and self-awareness in older drivers

Pachana, Nancy A. and Petriwskyj, Andrea M. (2006) Assessment of insight and self-awareness in older drivers. Clinical Gerontologist, 30 1: 23-38. doi:10.1300/J018v30n01_03

Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Petriwskyj, Andrea M.
Title Assessment of insight and self-awareness in older drivers
Journal name Clinical Gerontologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0731-7115
Publication date 2006-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1300/J018v30n01_03
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 38
Total pages 16
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 730203 Health related to ageing
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Formatted abstract
Older drivers, particularly those with cognitive deficits related to dementia, are at increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. With the numbers of older drivers and potentially older drivers with early dementia rising worldwide, it is important to delineate factors which may put these groups at increased risk of an accident while driving.

One such factor is a lack of insight into their deficits often found in drivers with cognitive impairment. Intact insight and self-monitoring skills are important prerequisites for safe driving; loss of these abilities may signal the need to curtail or cease driving. There are several measures that attempt to assess the construct of insight; however, few have been used with older drivers.

We review the issues of self-awareness and driving, discuss characteristics of a selection of such measures potentially appropriate for older adults, and detail potential avenues for future research on insight inventories and driving. Use of such measures suggested in studies of driving in older populations may assist in identifying the drivers at increased risk for a motor vehicle accident.
Keyword Aging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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