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Safety 2016, 2(4), 22; doi:10.3390/safety2040022

Exploring the Use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Reducing Rider Stress and Stress-Related Anxiety, Anger, and Worry

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Academic Editor: Teresa Senserrick
Received: 29 April 2016 / Revised: 25 August 2016 / Accepted: 9 October 2016 / Published: 20 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Driver/Rider Training)
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Stress can have serious implications on road safety and evidence suggests that it could lead to increases in driving errors, lapses, and even crashes. Motorcyclists are a vulnerable road user group, and lapses in attention and risky behaviours resulting from stress could increase the risk of collision. However, few safety interventions for reducing stress have been developed and evaluated, especially in motorcyclists. The purpose of this research was to develop and pilot a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course for the treatment of rider stress. Five motorcyclists experiencing a range of life and work stressors completed the CBT course between January and March 2015. Findings from the Driver Stress Inventory and Driver Behaviour Questionnaire showed positive trends in the overall reduction of rider stress traits, such as aggression, thrill seeking, and dislike of riding. Qualitative data showed that participants engaged well with the intervention and believed it had aided them in their riding-related stress. Although these results are promising, the results warrant further investigation in order to validate CBT as a viable means of reducing the collision risk both for this already vulnerable road user group and other driver categories. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress; motorcyclists; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; intervention; road safety stress; motorcyclists; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; intervention; road safety

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Fernández-Medina, K.; Reed, N. Exploring the Use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Reducing Rider Stress and Stress-Related Anxiety, Anger, and Worry. Safety 2016, 2, 22.

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