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NCJ Number: 229644 Find in a Library
Title: Perception of Risk for Subsequent Drinking and Driving Related Offenses and Locus of Control among First-Time DUI Offenders
Journal: Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly  Volume:28  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:52-62
Author(s): Alan A. Cavaiola, Ph.D.; David B. Strohmetz, Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 11
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact that global and drinking-specific locus of control may have on a first-time DUI offender’s receptiveness to information regarding one’s risk of committing another DUI offense.
Abstract: It is estimated that approximately one third of first-time driving-under-the-influence (DUI) offenders are at risk for committing a subsequent offense. To reduce the risk of recidivism, most states require mandatory screening and counseling of convicted DUI offenders. Unfortunately, the majority of offenders are not receptive to either screening or recommendations for further interventions designed to reduce their level of risk. The current study examines the relationship between locus of control and receptivity to risk status. To test this hypothesis, both the Rotter Internal-External Locus of Control Scale (I-E) and the Drinking Related Internal-External Locus of Control Scale (DRIE) were administered to a group of convicted first DUI offenders. The results indicate that the offenders manifesting a more internal locus of control were more receptive to risk information compared to their external locus of control counterparts. Important clinical implications of these findings are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; Drunk driver programs; Drunk offenders; Offender attitudes
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