The impact of feedback on self-rated driving ability and driving self-regulation among older adults.

Academic Article


  • In 129 community-dwelling older adults, feedback regarding qualification for an insurance discount (based on a visual speed of processing test; Useful Field of View) was examined as a prospective predictor of change in self-reported driving ability, driving avoidance, and driving exposure over 3 months, along with physical, visual, health, and cognitive variables. Multiple regression models indicated that after controlling for baseline scores on the outcome measures, failure to qualify was a significant predictor of increased avoidance over 3 months (p = .02) but not change in self-rated driving ability or exposure. Female gender (p = .03) was a significant predictor of subsequent lower self-rated driving ability. Overall, the findings of this study provide support for the role of feedback in the self-monitoring of older adults' driving behavior through avoidance of challenging driving situations but not through driving exposure or self-rated driving ability.
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  • Gerontologist  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alabama, Automobile Driving, Cognition, Feedback, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Psychomotor Performance, Regression Analysis, Self-Assessment, Sex Factors, Social Control, Informal, Surveys and Questionnaires, Task Performance and Analysis, Visual Field Tests
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    Author List

  • Ackerman ML; Crowe M; Vance DE; Wadley VG; Owsley C; Ball KK
  • Start Page

  • 367
  • End Page

  • 378
  • Volume

  • 51
  • Issue

  • 3