The psychological distress of the young driver: a brief report

B. Scott-Parker, B. Watson, M. J. King, M. K. Hyde
2011 Injury Prevention  
Objective: To explore the role of psychological distress in the self-reported risky driving of young novice drivers. Design: Cross-sectional online survey of 761 tertiary students aged 17-25 years with an intermediate (Provisional) driving licence who completed Kessler's Psychological Distress Scale and the Behaviour of Young Novice Drivers Scale. Main outcome measures: Psychological distress, risky driving. Results: Regression analyses revealed that psychological distress uniquely explained
more » ... iquely explained 8.5% of the variance in young novice's risky driving, with adolescents experiencing psychological distress also reporting higher levels of risky driving. Psychological distress uniquely explained a significant 6.7% and 9.5% of variance in risky driving for males and females respectively. Conclusions: Medical practitioners treating adolescents who have been injured through risky behaviour need to aware of the potential contribution of psychological distress, whilst mental health professionals working with adolescents experiencing psychological distress need to be aware of this additional source of potential harm. The nature of the causal relationships linking psychological distress and risky driving behaviour are not yet fully understood, indicating a need for further research so that strategies such as screening can be
doi:10.1136/ip.2010.031328 pmid:21586402 fatcat:xgzxtb3u3rh4fgdprmyo3tsmle