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The Bulgarian Version of the Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory: Psychometric Properties

Department of Psychology, Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Acad. G. Bonchev St., Bl. 6, Fl. 5, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Behav. Sci. 2019, 9(12), 145;
Received: 14 November 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 December 2019 / Published: 8 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
Road safety is one of the main priorities for the European Union. Different strategies and policies strive to increase the level of road safety across Europe and although this level has increased in the last couple of years the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic accidents is still very high. The multidimensional driving style inventory (MDSI) is a self-reported instrument for the assessment of a person’s habitual driving style and its connection to risky driving behaviour and involvement in different traffic accidents. The instrument was originally developed in Israel and there are several previous adaptations in different countries such as Argentina and Romania. The main objective of this study is to develop a valid and reliable version of the MDSI in Bulgaria. A study was conducted to evaluate the construction validity of the instrument and to test the validity of the factors in a Bulgarian sample (n = 456, male = 204; female = 252; average age = 37). Eight factors representing a specific driving style—dissociative, anxious, risky, angry, high-velocity, distress reduction, patient and careful and irrational—identified by previous versions of the MDSI are included in this study. The overall number of items in the inventory is 57 with Cronbach’s alpha = 0.78. The current study in Bulgaria confirmed the structural organization of the initial version of the inventory. The results of the conducted study supported the reliability and validity of the Bulgarian version of the MDSI. The possible implementation of the instrument for the development of different programs for preventions and interventions is discussed here within. View Full-Text
Keywords: driving style; assessment; instrument reliability; MDSI-BG; Bulgarian adaptation driving style; assessment; instrument reliability; MDSI-BG; Bulgarian adaptation
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Totkova, Z.; Racheva, R. The Bulgarian Version of the Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory: Psychometric Properties. Behav. Sci. 2019, 9, 145.

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