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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (4): 748-760.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00748

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A comprehensive model of driver aggression

LI Xiaochen, CHANG Ruosong, MA Jinfei()   

  1. School of Psychology, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian 116029, China
  • Received:2018-04-05 Online:2019-04-15 Published:2019-02-22
  • Contact: MA Jinfei


A comprehensive model of driver aggression is an integration of the "frustration-aggression" model and the general aggression model. It proposes that psychological processes could interact with personal factors and situational factors. Furthermore, influence mechanism of cognitive appraisals and emotional arousal on driver aggression clarified in this model. In simple terms, using this model has two advantages. First, it can help us to better understand the way that driver's aggression continues to escalate on the road. Second, it can better illustrate why the roles of perpetrator and victim become blurred In the case of aggressive road driving behavior. From what has been discussed above, this model can help us better determine the impact of aggressive driving behavior on traffic accidents and road safety. Finally, it is of great value to study the countermeasures of aggressive driving behavior.

Key words: driver aggression, attribution theory, "frustration-aggression" model, the general aggression model, a comprehensive model of driver aggression

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