Thinking, drinking, and driving: Application of the theory of reasoned action to DWI prevention

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Abstract

This study drew upon the theory of reasoned action (TRA) to predict the intention to drive while intoxicated (DWI). Four hypotheses were tested using telephone survey data from a random sample of 1,259 adult residents of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Results showed the TRA to be predictive across a diversity of social groups. Contrary to hypotheses, subjective norms were a more powerful predictor than attitudes, and the perceived severity of DWI penalties was positively correlated with DWI intention, a paradoxical result that was explained with reference to the social environment of likely DWI offenders. The results suggest that anti-DWI public-information campaigns should stress the importance of informal social influence against drunk driving, rather than merely the legal penalties for drinking and driving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2217-2232
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2000

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  • Social Psychology

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