Psychology of road stress and aggressive behavior according to modern foreign studies



The article is devoted to the analysis of foreign psychological approaches to the phenomenology of road stress and aggressive behavior. The psychological essence of the concepts of “road stress”, “road anger / rage” is discussed. Dangerous driving is considered inextricably linked to road stress. Aggression when driving a vehicle is positioned as a personal characteristic and as a stressful reaction to the current road situation. The point of view of foreign experts on the psychological causes of the existence of road stress in the form of anger is investigated. Systematized approaches to the prevention of road stress. The material of the article allows to increase the psychological culture of drivers, and also acts as an informational and analytical base for scientific research in the field of psychology of road safety, the development of applied issues to overcome stress and aggression when driving a vehicle.

General Information

Keywords: road stress, road rage, psycho-emotional state of the driver, aggressive driving, road aggression, dangerous driving, driving, road safety.

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Petrov V.E., Kokurin A.V., Nazarova A.Y. Psychology of road stress and aggressive behavior according to modern foreign studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 22–28. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Vladislav E. Petrov, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Associate Professorof the Department of Scientific Bases of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexey V. Kokurin, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Professor of the Chair of the Scientific Bases of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Associate Professor of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Enforcement Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexandra Y. Nazarova, Assistant Professor, Institute of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Faculty of Linguistics, Moscow Region State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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