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Ability perceptions, perceived control and risk avoidance among male and female older drivers

Windsor, Timothy; Walker, Janine; Anstey, Kaarin

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We used responses from telephone interviews conducted with a community sample of 304 older drivers to investigate associations between perceived control over driving, driving ability perception (an index of unrealistic optimism), and self-reported avoidance of high-risk driving situations. We also investigated associations between perceived control over driving, ability perception, and indices of well-being (life satisfaction and depressive symptoms). Our results indicated that perceived...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWindsor, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Janine
dc.contributor.authorAnstey, Kaarin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:38:31Z
dc.identifier.issn1079-5014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35848
dc.description.abstractWe used responses from telephone interviews conducted with a community sample of 304 older drivers to investigate associations between perceived control over driving, driving ability perception (an index of unrealistic optimism), and self-reported avoidance of high-risk driving situations. We also investigated associations between perceived control over driving, ability perception, and indices of well-being (life satisfaction and depressive symptoms). Our results indicated that perceived control and perceived ability were each associated with reduced risk avoidance and well-being, with these associations moderated by gender. We discuss the results in terms of potentially adaptive and maladaptive consequences of pervasive perceptual biases, gender differences in primary and secondary control strategies, and the importance of effective self-regulation for aging well.
dc.publisherGerontological Society of America
dc.sourceJournals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
dc.subjectKeywords: accident prevention; aged; aging; article; avoidance behavior; community assessment; driver; driving ability; female; human; interview; life satisfaction; maladjustment; male; normal human; primary prevention; priority journal; psychological well being; r Control; Driving; Optimism bias
dc.titleAbility perceptions, perceived control and risk avoidance among male and female older drivers
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume63
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor170100 - PSYCHOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4146231xPUB129
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWindsor, Timothy, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationAnstey, Kaarin, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWalker, Janine, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage75
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage83
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:08:43Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-43249120350
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