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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

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SILVA, Fábio Henrique Vieira de Cristo e  e  ALCHIERI, João Carlos. Predictive validity of psychological instruments used in psychological assessment of drivers. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.4, pp.695-706. ISSN 0102-3772.

This study analyzed the possibility to predict traffic infractions committed by professional drivers from test results obtained during the psychological assessment procedure when applying for a license. Data was collected from 68 professional drivers on two separate occasions: upon the acquisition of the license, and five years later, upon license renewal. The analysis did not demonstrate meaningful differences in the average test scores between the groups of drivers with and without a record of infraction. Also no meaningful correlations were evidenced between the test scores and the points attributed to the infractions. It was concluded that neither high nor low scores on the several instruments constitute criteria capable to define whether a driver will commit more or less infractional acts.

Palavras-chave : psychological assessment of drivers; predictive validity; traffic infraction; psychological tests; traffic psychology.

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