The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Risk homeostasis theory - A study of intrinsic compensation

Hoyes, Thomas W., Stanton, Neville A. and Taylor, R.G. (1996) Risk homeostasis theory - A study of intrinsic compensation Safety Science, 22, (1-3), pp. 77-86.

Record type: Article


Risk homeostasis theory (RHT) suggests that changes made to the intrinsic risk of environments are negated in one of three ways: behavioural adjustments within the environment, mode migration, and avoidance of the physical risk. To date, this three-way model of RHT has little empirical support, whilst research findings on RHT have at times been diametrically opposed. A reconciliation of apparently opposing findings might be possible by suggesting that extrinsic compensation fails to restore previously existing levels of actual risk in cases where behavioural adjustments within the environment are incapable of negating intrinsic risk changes. This paper reports a study in which behavioural adjustments within the physical risk-taking environment are capable of reconciling target with actual risk. The results provide positive support for RHT in the form of overcompensation for the intrinsic risk change on specific driver behaviours.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: February 1996


Local EPrints ID: 74173
ISSN: 0925-7535
PURE UUID: 1bdf762d-a501-4a3d-8b4b-4fca4c36872f

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 29 Sep 2017 03:54

Export record


Author: Thomas W. Hoyes
Author: R.G. Taylor

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.