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Development of the Pedestrian Anger Scale. A Pilot Study

  • David Herrero-Fernández (a1), Mireia Oliva-Macías (a1) and Pamela Parada-Fernández (a1)

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Anger has been closely related to risky behavior, and this last has been related to road accidents. The current research aimed to develop and validate a self-report questionnaire to measure anger in pedestrians (n = 550, 40.73% male) of a wide age rage (14–65 years, M = 27.91, SD = 13.21). The Parallel Analysis showed that the 15 items of the Pedestrian Anger Scale fitted satisfactorily in a four-factor solution: Anger because of obstructions or slowdowns caused by other pedestrians (α = .79), Anger because of hostility from drivers (α = .64), Anger because of bad conditions of the infrastructure (α = .62), and Anger because of dangerous situations caused by vehicles (α = .71). The global scale had also a good internal consistency (α = .83). Further analyses suggested convergent, divergent and incremental validity by correlating the global score of the questionnaire with both risk and anger measures. Middle-aged people (19–30 years) scored higher in anger as pedestrians than eldest (> 45 years), η2 = .02, but no significant effect were obtained by gender. Practical implications from both clinical and road safety viewpoints are discussed, and both future research proposals and limitations of the current study are also commented.

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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to David Herrero-Fernández. Universidad Europea del Atlántico. Departamento de Psicología. 39011 Santander (Spain). E-mail: d.herrero1984@gmail.com

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Herrero-Fernández, D., Oliva-Macías, M., & Parada-Fernández, P. (2019). Development of the Pedestrian Anger Scale. A pilot study. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 22. e37. Doi:10.1017/sjp.2019.36

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Development of the Pedestrian Anger Scale. A Pilot Study

  • David Herrero-Fernández (a1), Mireia Oliva-Macías (a1) and Pamela Parada-Fernández (a1)

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