Reasons for Riding Motorcycles and Taking Risky Behaviors: A Qualitative Study
Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: June 20, 2008, 12 (1); e80131
June 19, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
February 08, 2008
May 13, 2008
F, et al. Reasons for Riding Motorcycles and Taking Risky Behaviors: A Qualitative Study,
J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci.
Introduction: Motorcycling is a risky activity and motorcyclists are vulnerable to road accidents. The behavior of motorcyclists is a significant factor of accident. Unfortunately there is little information regarding social and mental characteristics of motorcyclists which lead to the accident. The purpose of this study was to gain an in-depth qualitative understanding of reasons for riding a motorcycle and taking risky behaviors in Iranian motorcyclists.
Materials and Methods: In this Study qualitative study in which sampling was derived from diverse situations. Data were collected in diverse times and places of Tehran such as hospitals, house, street, and police station. Focus groups and in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 motorcyclists, pillion passengers and police. Interview data were supplemented with observations and police report. Interviews were of semi structure and nonstructure forms and were done from March 2007 to January 2007. Data were analyzed using content analysis.
Results: The results revealed four major themes for choosing to ride a motorcycle: I) using a fast and convenient vehicle to get through traffic, II) occupational necessities, iii) emotional needs, iv) easy for foul playing and breakaway.
Conclusion: These findings provide evidence that there are many different reasons that motivate people to ride a motorcycle and these in turn affect preventing strategies.
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