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Behav Res Ther. 2002 Oct;40(10):1157-68.

Psychological characteristics of aggressive drivers with and without intermittent explosive disorder.

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University at Albany, Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, State University of New York, Albany 12222, USA. tgalovski@psychiatry.umsmed.edu

Abstract

We compared two groups of aggressive drivers, those who met criteria for Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) (n=10) and comparable aggressive drivers who did not meet IED criteria (n=20), to a group of non-aggressive driving controls (n=20) on measures of psychological distress, anger, hostility, and Type A behavior as well as measures of aggressive driving and driving anger and their driving records. There were few differences between the aggressive drivers with IED and those without IED. The IED positive aggressive drivers endorsed more assaultiveness and resentment as well as more impatience and showed trends to have more hostility and angry temperament. When all aggressive drivers were compared to controls, differences emerged on anxiety, hostility, and anger as well as on measure specific to aggressive driving (competitiveness) and driving anger (at slow drivers and traffic obstructions).

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