Social Psychological Determinants of Aggressive Road Behavior in Public Transport Drivers



The paper presents the results of the research on social psychological determinants of road accidents and on psychophysiological conditions and personality traits of public transport and school bus drivers in Voronezh Oblast. The research involved psychophysiological testing of 1737 drivers, of whom only one third were assessed as having optimal functional indicators. Lowered functional resources correspond with increased aggression in the drivers. The study revealed that among the causes of aggressive behavior in the drivers were non-acceptance of self, distrust of others, and perception of the world as of dangerous and incontrollable.

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Keywords: psychology of road accidents, driver aggression, trust in oneself and others, self-acceptance, functional resources, psychophysiological conditions

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Ermolaev V.V., Makushina O.P., Chetverikova A.I. Social Psychological Determinants of Aggressive Road Behavior in Public Transport Drivers. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2013. Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 108–118. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Viktor V. Ermolaev, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Labor Psychology and Psychological Counseling, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Chief Executive Officer, LLC ALGA, Voronezh, Russia, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga P. Makushina, PhD in Psychology, associate professor of General and Social Psychology chair of the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology at the Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia, e-mail:

Alena I. Chetverikova, Quality Control Director, LLC Center of Innovative Technologies, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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