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Psychiatry Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 897493, 7 pages
Research Article

Road Rage: Prevalence Pattern and Web Based Survey Feasibility

1Department of Psychiatry, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Smt. S. K. Hospital, New Delhi 110001, India
2Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India

Received 31 October 2013; Revised 16 March 2014; Accepted 16 March 2014; Published 23 April 2014

Academic Editor: Nicola Magnavita

Copyright © 2014 Shaily Mina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Incidents of road rage are on a rise in India, but the literature is lacking in the aspect. There is an increasing realization of possibility of effective web based interventions to deliver public health related messages. Objective. The aim was to quantitatively evaluate risk factors among motor vehicle drivers using an internet based survey. Methods. Facebook users were evaluated using Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R) and Driving Anger Scale (DAS). Results. An adequate response rate of 65.9% and satisfactory reliability with sizable correlation were obtained for both scales. Age was found to be positively correlated to LOT-R scores (; ) and negatively correlated to DAS scores (; ). Years of education were correlated to LOT-R scores (; ) but not DAS scores (; ). LOT-R scores did not correlate to DAS scores. Conclusion. There is high prevalence of anger amongst drivers in India particularly among younger males. A short web survey formatted in easy to use question language can result in a feasible conduction of an online survey.