Journal article

The role of transport in supporting the autonomy of young adults

Alexa Delbosc, Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Transportation Research Part F Traffic Psychology and Behaviour | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015


This study explored the relationship between transport independence and autonomy among young people. A sample of 543 participants aged between 17 and 25 years (M = 21.5, SD = 2.4) completed an online survey asking about well-being, psychological autonomy, transport independence and transport disadvantage. It was predicted that transport independence would be positively related to psychological autonomy and enhanced well-being, whereas transport disadvantage would be inversely related. The data were analysed using Structural Equation Modelling. Consistent with the study hypothesis, it was found that transport independence through car ownership and low levels of transport disadvantage were ass..

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