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First Advisor

C. Lee

Second Advisor

K. Lafreniere

Third Advisor

K. Cramer


Aggressive driving, Narcissism, Rebelliousness, Self-esteem




Aggressive driving is a dangerous and common occurrence that is steadily on the rise. The aim of the current study was to further investigate three constructs: narcissism, self-esteem, and rebelliousness; and their role in aggressive driving. All three constructs predict aggressive driving as singular concepts; however, their subtypes have not been separately examined using a North American sample. In particular, this study explored whether vulnerable narcissism, implicit self-esteem, and both proactive and reactive rebelliousness could predict aggressive driving behaviour. This study also aimed to investigate how the constructs of narcissism, self-esteem, and rebelliousness relate to each other. One hundred and ninety-four participants completed an online survey consisting of an implicit association test and questionnaires assessing driving behaviour, personality, and self-esteem. Multiple regression analyses revealed that vulnerable narcissism and both subtypes of rebelliousness significantly predicted aggressive driving. Further, mediation analyses showed that both reactive and proactive rebelliousness mediated the relationship between vulnerable narcissism and aggressive driving. These findings suggest that vulnerable narcissism may be an important predictor of aggressive driving. The results also suggest that future research should measure both subtypes of narcissism and rebelliousness when examining these constructs as possible motivators of aggressive behaviour.

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