The relationship between religion and the on-road behaviour of adolescents in Iran

Amir Reza Nabipour, Narges Khanjani, Nouzar Nakhaee, Hossein Zirak Moradlou, Mark J.M. Sullman

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Abstract

Iran has a high traffic fatality rate and a substantial proportion of those killed on the road are adolescents. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between dimensions of religiosity and the on-road behaviour of adolescents as pedestrians, cyclists and other non-driving activities. A total of 1111 students attending secondary schools in Tehran (Iran) completed the Adolescent Road User Behaviour Questionnaire (ARBQ) and the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL). This study found that adolescents who participated less often in private religious activities were more likely to be: male, have relatives or friends who had been killed in a road collision, previously involved in a road crash themselves and engaged more often in dangerous playing on the road. Adolescents reporting higher levels of religious attendance and intrinsic religiosity were more likely to be: male, without a traffic accident history, younger, from public schools, studying at schools in large urban areas and more frequently engaged in planned protective behaviours. Adolescents with higher involvement in intrinsic religiosity tended to be those: without an accident history, who did not have relatives or friends that had been killed in a crash and who engaged less frequently in unsafe road crossing behaviour. The findings of this study indicate that the different dimensions of religiousness are related to adolescents' behaviour on the road. Thus, it appears that religion may have a role to play in improving the road safety of adolescents in Iran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents behaviour
  • ARBQ
  • DUREL
  • Religion
  • Safety

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