Road Rage Studies

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to add to previous research done on road rage. Road rage has been an increasing problem since the 1980s, when a police officer first coined the term (Sunrise Digest, 1988). Drivers can encounter certain road conditions that can cause road rage in people who misdirect their anger at others. Previous research has shown that road rage can be triggered by psychological or sociological aliments and substance abuse (Schafer, 2014; Wells-Parker, Ceminsky, Hallberg, Snow, Dunaway, Guiling, & Anderson, 2002). Vorona & Catesby noted that not getting enough sleep can effect driving alertness which could lead to an irritable mood or hazardous driving that can enrage another driver (Vorona & Catesby, 2002), thus this …show more content…
Volunteers will follow the link in the email address and complete the survey at their convince.
Participants will be asked to complete questions from Rotter’s Locus of Control Scale (Rotter,1966), Sleep quality Assessment (PSQI) (University of Pittsburgh Sleep Medicine Institute, 1988), Driver Anger Scale (DAS) (Deffenbacher, 1994), and Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) (Bem, 1971). Instructions for all measures will ask the subjects to answer the questions as truthfully as possible.
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The PSQI (University of Pittsburgh Sleep Medicine Institute, 1988) is used to measure the quality and patterns of sleep in adults it differentiates “poor” from “good” sleep quality by measuring seven areas: subjective sleep quality, sleep latency, sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, use of medications, and daytime dysfunction over the last month (see Appendix D). Rotter’s Locus of control (Rotter, 1966) measures generalized expectancies for internal versus external control of reinforcement. People with an internal locus of control believe that their own actions determine the rewards that they obtain, while those with an external locus of control believe that their own behavior doesn't matter much and that rewards in life are generally outside of their control (see Appendix E).
BSRI (Bem, 1971) characterizes one personality as masculine, feminine, androgynous, or undifferentiated. The BSRI is based on gender stereotypes, so what it's actually measuring is how well one fit into their traditional sex role (see Appendix

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