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Gerontologist. 2011 Jun;51(3):367-78. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq082. Epub 2010 Nov 11.

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

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Department of Psychology, Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA. mlynnack@uab.edu

Abstract

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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21071621
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PMC3095650
DOI:
10.1093/geront/gnq082
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