Do you really want to hurt me?: Exploring the role of Narcissism, driver comparison and ego threat in driver aggression using a conceptual definition of aggression

Mithen, Penelope, Briant, Oliver, and Shaw, Lauren (2023) Do you really want to hurt me?: Exploring the role of Narcissism, driver comparison and ego threat in driver aggression using a conceptual definition of aggression. Transportation Research Part F, 95. pp. 450-463.

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Abstract

The present study examined the extent to which narcissism and driver comparisons contribute to driver aggression and aimed to determine whether these relationships were moderated by threats to one’s driving ego. In doing so, the research sought to define and operationalise driver aggression by replicating how it is defined in the general aggression literature - as behaviour intended to harm. A total of 286 participants (188 women) were recruited from a community sample of Australian drivers who completed an online questionnaire and watched a video vignette showing a provocative driving event. As expected, narcissism and driver comparison predicted higher levels of driver aggression, and aggression was higher in conditions where a driver’s ego was threatened. However, there was no interactive effect of ego threat and narcissism or driver comparison on driver aggression. Our findings have implications for the development of a consistent, theoretically grounded definition of driver aggression that focuses on intention to harm, and for the development of measures that operationalise the construct in this manner.

Item ID: 78874
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-5517
Keywords: Driver aggression; Aggression; Narcissism; Ego threat; Driver comparison
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2023 06:52
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520503 Personality and individual differences @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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