Cyclist/Driver : differences in conflict blame and road entitlement. Relationship to social-identity and personal entitlement

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Carolan, Mary
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study aimed to increase understanding of cyclist-driver conflict. Cyclists, (n=183), and car drivers, (n= 197), took part in 2 separate online surveys which measures social identity (Lois et al., 2014), personal entitlement (a subset NPI-40), blame apportioned in conflict (to cyclist and driver), and perceived entitlement to road space (modified Paschalidis et al., 2015). The study was a quantitative mixed design. Results showed no relationship between social identity as a cyclist and blame apportioned to drivers, and no relationship between social identity as a car driver and blame apportioned to cyclists. A weak relationship was found between personal entitlement and entitlement to road priority. No significant difference was found between blame apportioned by cyclists and blame apportioned by drivers in conflict. A significant difference was found between cyclist and drivers entitlement to road priority. It is suggested that the study be repeated controlling for demographics (urban and commuter participants only). Author keywords: Social Identity, blame, responsibility, entitlement, road conflict, conflict