Personality correlates of accident-proneness in auto-rickshaw drivers in india

Manglesh Kumar Manglam, Vinod Kumar Sinha, Samir Kumar Praharaj, Dipanjan Bhattacharjee, Anindya Das

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Objective. We examined the personality correlates of accident-proneness of auto-rickshaw drivers in the Indian city of Ranchi. Methods. This was a cross-sectional study in which 50 male drivers aged 18–50 years, selected randomly from a list of licensed auto-rickshaw drivers in Ranchi, were assessed with a Hindi version of Cattell’s 16 Personality Factors (16-PF) Questionnaire. Results. There was a significantly higher frequency of breaking rules, crossing speed limits, substance use and a trend towards a higher frequency of carrying extra persons (i.e., more than recommended) in accident-prone drivers. There was significant negative correlation of accident-proneness with 16-PF factors such as reasoning, rule consciousness, apprehension and emotional stability. Conclusion. Personality characteristics with lower scores of reasoning, rule consciousness, apprehension and emotional stability are common in commercial auto-rickshaw drivers with high accident-proneness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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