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Examining the roles of multidimensional fatalism on traffic safety attitudes and pedestrian behaviour

Examining the roles of multidimensional fatalism on traffic safety attitudes and pedestrian behaviour
Examining the roles of multidimensional fatalism on traffic safety attitudes and pedestrian behaviour

This paper examines the roles of fatalistic beliefs on attitudes towards traffic safety and pedestrian behaviour using the data from a questionnaire survey with a sample of 835 road users in Vietnam. A multidimensional fatalism scale was used to measure distinct facets of fatalistic beliefs. The data showed that fatalism could be represented by four factors including divine control (a belief in divine influence over one's life), luck, internality (or locus of control), and general fatalism. Results from a structural equation model indicated that several of these fatalistic belief facets, namely internality, divine control, and luck significantly associated with traffic safety attitudes above demographic variables. In addition, internality was found to be significantly related to pedestrian behaviour after controlling for demographic variables and attitudes towards traffic safety. The findings are discussed with respect to practical implications for traffic safety interventions.

Fatalism, Pedestrian behaviour, Traffic safety attitudes
0925-7535
Dinh, D. D.
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Vu, N. H.
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McIlroy, R. C.
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Plant, K. A.
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Stanton, N. A.
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Plant, K. A.
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Stanton, N. A.
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Dinh, D. D., Vu, N. H., McIlroy, R. C., Plant, K. A. and Stanton, N. A. (2020) Examining the roles of multidimensional fatalism on traffic safety attitudes and pedestrian behaviour. Safety Science, 124, [104587]. (doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2019.104587).

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This paper examines the roles of fatalistic beliefs on attitudes towards traffic safety and pedestrian behaviour using the data from a questionnaire survey with a sample of 835 road users in Vietnam. A multidimensional fatalism scale was used to measure distinct facets of fatalistic beliefs. The data showed that fatalism could be represented by four factors including divine control (a belief in divine influence over one's life), luck, internality (or locus of control), and general fatalism. Results from a structural equation model indicated that several of these fatalistic belief facets, namely internality, divine control, and luck significantly associated with traffic safety attitudes above demographic variables. In addition, internality was found to be significantly related to pedestrian behaviour after controlling for demographic variables and attitudes towards traffic safety. The findings are discussed with respect to practical implications for traffic safety interventions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 December 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 January 2020
Published date: 1 April 2020
Keywords: Fatalism, Pedestrian behaviour, Traffic safety attitudes

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Local EPrints ID: 439764
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439764
ISSN: 0925-7535
PURE UUID: cef4184f-d483-4722-bc42-f5e9c5ca9245
ORCID for R. C. McIlroy: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0326-8101
ORCID for K. A. Plant: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4532-2818
ORCID for N. A. Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279

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Date deposited: 01 May 2020 16:40
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 03:11

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Author: D. D. Dinh
Author: N. H. Vu
Author: R. C. McIlroy ORCID iD
Author: K. A. Plant ORCID iD
Author: N. A. Stanton ORCID iD

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