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A Communicative Approach to Road Rage: Accounts of Driving and Retaliation

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Road rage is a type of interpersonal conflict episode. The ways in which drivers use their vehicles to rectify other people's offensive driving implicates the symbolic nature of road rage. Participants offered detailed accounts of recent road rage experiences. These were coded to portray the precipitating actions, behavioral responses, emotional reactions, and attributions that people might have for their own and other people's driving behavior. Results indicate that people largely rely on Vehicular Communication (e.g., tailgating, honking the horn), Aggressive Communication (e.g., obscene gestures, threats), and Avoidance (e.g., ignore the other person) to manage road rage episodes. Emotional reactions included anger, fear, surprise, and relief. Not surprisingly, participants largely reported that the road rage episode was the responsibility of the other driver and reflected features of the other person that are stable, internal, global, intentional, and blameworthy.

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Canary, Daniel., Mikkelson, Alan., Switzer, Frank. and Bailey, Carrie. "A Communicative Approach to Road Rage: Accounts of Driving and Retaliation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111909_index.html>

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Canary, D. J., Mikkelson, A. C., Switzer, F. and Bailey, C. , 2003-05-27 "A Communicative Approach to Road Rage: Accounts of Driving and Retaliation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111909_index.html

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Abstract: Road rage is a type of interpersonal conflict episode. The ways in which drivers use their vehicles to rectify other people's offensive driving implicates the symbolic nature of road rage. Participants offered detailed accounts of recent road rage experiences. These were coded to portray the precipitating actions, behavioral responses, emotional reactions, and attributions that people might have for their own and other people's driving behavior. Results indicate that people largely rely on Vehicular Communication (e.g., tailgating, honking the horn), Aggressive Communication (e.g., obscene gestures, threats), and Avoidance (e.g., ignore the other person) to manage road rage episodes. Emotional reactions included anger, fear, surprise, and relief. Not surprisingly, participants largely reported that the road rage episode was the responsibility of the other driver and reflected features of the other person that are stable, internal, global, intentional, and blameworthy.

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Road Rage 1 A Communicative Approach to Road Rage: Accounts of Aggressive Driving and Retaliation Abstract Road rage is a type of interpersonal conflict episode. The ways in which drivers use their vehicles to rectify other people’s offensive driving implicates the symbolic nature of road rage. Participants offered detailed accounts of recent road rage experiences. These were coded to portray the precipitating actions behavioral responses emotional reactions and attributions that people might have for their own and other people’s
Hostility “Pissed Off” Disgust 9 7.0 Revulsion Contempt Upset Surprise 10 7.8 Shock Disbelief Confusion Astonishment Fear 26 20.3 Horror 20 15.6 Fear Fright Alarm “Shaking/trembling” Nervousness 6 4.7 Apprehension Worry Anxiety Concern Sadness/Shame 4 3.1 Remorse Sorrow Regret Relief 6 4.7 “Feel better” “Calmed down” Other (Usually happiness) 10 7.8


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