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Internet usage on a mobile phone or other forms of interaction with a hand held cell phone while driving is not only a serious offence in most developed countries but has been banned in most countries

Introduction

Literature review

Talking on a cell phone, internet usage on a mobile phone or other forms of interaction with a hand held cell phone while driving is not only a serious offence in most developed countries but has been banned in most countries because it contributes serious distraction and danger to the drivers and other road users (WHO.2011). In spite of the serious dangers this behaviour poses to the public; evidence shows that many drivers are yet using cell phones while driving.

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For example, a survey conducted by Nationwide shows that the usage of a cell phone while driving increases a drivers distraction comparative to alcohol consumption beyond the legal limit of .08. The survey result also shows that cell phone usage is the primary source of distraction while driving; that users of cell phone while driving are four times more prone to get into serious fatal accidents; that driving while distracted contribute about 25 percent of reported accident by police among other factors (see www.nationwide.com).

This report was based on analysis of a study conducted for gaining better understanding of the role as well as relative impact of the number of factors on the formation the drivers’ opinions of using a mobile phone whilst driving. The Questionnaires distributed to the large sample of part-time students who are studying at a UK university during the class time. This report is an attempt to conduct a quantitative analysis and interpretation of the study conducted to determine reliability, generalizability and internal consistency of variables utilised in survey and the most important factor in explaining drivers’ behaviour towards using cell phone while driving. The study presumed an assumption that the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) is valid to gauge the role and impact of attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control and past behavior on drivers’ opinion to use a hand held mobile phone while driving. The next section is a critical review of literatures on the theory of planned behaviour theoretical model used in the study. The second and third section presents a report of data descriptions, interpretation of the research and summary of findings in order to determine the internal consistency of the variables employed and their relative relationship and contribution to the model.

Literatures advocate that the theory of planned behavior was an expansion of the theory of reasoned action, which propose that behavioural intentions predict behaviour better than attitudes. The theory of planned behaviour was proposed by Ajzen (1975) to eliminate the limitation observed in theory of reasoned action by adding a third variable perceived behavioural control to TRA, later researchers in various fields have added other constructs to the model. Theory of planned behaviour is applied virtually into the every social and management sector from health to education, consumer behaviour and technology; to examine the relationship between intention, attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control. Theory is specifically applicable for predict, identify, understand and explain human influences and motivation; hence its applicability to practically every social and management field. (George 2004; Mathielson, 1991; Taylor and Todd, 1995). The theory of planned behaviour is constituted by three primary variables Figure 1 shows components of TPB(See Mathielson, 1991; Taylor and Todd, 1995; Kim and Han 2010, Paul and Mendel, 2006). However, several other variables not necessarily mentioned in report are said to contribute for predicting intention as results and conclusion has shown.

Figure 1 TPB variables (Ajzen 1991)

1. The TPB primary components

Attitude is the number one primary variable among TPB constituents (ATT), its often regarded as the level of the usefulness of psychological object to the individual which determines negative or positive behaviour of individual towards object –of the products (Fishbein and Ajzen, 1975, 2000). Some literature suggest that attitude is the most A number of studies which found attitude to be key element in predicting intention in the various context. (See Gopi and Ramayah (2007), Kim and Han (2010), Sang and Chen (2010). Thus, it is expected that driver’s attitude towards the harmful effect of using a cell phone while driving will be positively related

Subjective norm (SN) in contrast is suggested to demonstrate individual perceived shared or societal demands to perform certain behaviour. Thus, it may be inferred that the general opinion of other drivers’ towards driving and using mobile phones will influence individual opinion or intention to perform this behaviour although it is negative or illegal. Literatures suggest that the subjective norm has significant effect on the behavioural intention and the intention (e.g. Hillhouse et al., 2000; Kalafatis et al., 1999; Karahanna et al. 1999). Therefore, a positive correlation between SN and intentions or opinion of drivers to use a cell phone while driving is expected. On the other hand, perceived behavioural control could be regarded as the degree to which it is possible to perform behaviour or a given action (for example drivers’ the attitude and the intention to driving and mobile usage while driving).

PBC is one of the primary elements of the theory of planned behaviour and a co-determinant of the intention along with the attitude and the subjective norm. (Ajzen, 1991; Mathielson, 1991; Taylor and Todd, 1995).Ajzen (1991) suggest that the PBC has only one construct however, critics says that it has two constructs: self efficacy and controllability; casting doubts on the nature and measurement of PBC, doubting Ajzen’s (1991) hypothesis that PBC has only one construct rather than critic suggestion (Paul and Mendel, 2006). However, it was suggested that the possibility of this two construct does not invalidate original unitary assertion (Taylor and Todd, 1995; Kim and Han 2010). Thus, we propose null hypothesis that PBC will positively correlated with drivers’ intention for using mobile phone while driving; or PBC will not be positively correlated with drivers’ intention to use a mobile phone while driving.

Table 1: TPB main constructs (Ajzen, 2000)

Behaviour:

It is transmission of intention or perceived behavioural control into the action.
Behavioural Intention:It is an indication of how hard people who are willing for trying and of how much effort they are planning for exerting, in order to performing behaviour. Influenced by three components: person’s attitudetoward performing the behaviour; perceived social pressure; called subjective norm and perceived behavioural control.

Attitude:It is the first determinant of behavioural intention. It is degree to which person has a favourable or unfavourable evaluation of the behaviour in question.

Subjective Norm:It is considered the second predictor of behavioural intention. This is an influence of social pressure that is perceived by the individual (normative beliefs)for performing or not performing the certain behaviour. This weighted by the individual’s motivation to comply with those perceived expectations (motivation to comply).

Perceived Behavioural Control:Antecedent of behavioural intention. This construct is defined as the individual’s belief concerning how easy or difficult to perform behaviour will be. It often reflects actual behavioural control

2Analysis and result

This section is an analysis of the information on factors that influence and affect drivers’ intention to use a mobile phone while driving based on a study conducted UK. The data collected will be analyzed and interpreted to explain the properties of the measurement scales and the items that constitute the survey conducting a reliability analysis to show the relationship of individual items in the scale (Morris, 2002).

In general, we want to find out whether the survey measure drivers opinion in a valid and sufficient wayUsing reliability analysis, we want to deduce the extent to which the items in the questionnaire are related to each other, in order to deduce an overall index of the repeatability or internal consistency of the scale as a whole, and identify problem items that should be excluded from the scale. The proceeding section identifies significant correlation and regression to determine the predictive ability values of intention on attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control and past behavior. Behavioural intention is suggested to be the most important predictor of the behaviour (Teo and Lee (2010). Apparently, this may not be applicable in all the cases.

2.1Sample profile statistics and results
The respondents comprises of participants from a UK university with no missing data for all variables. The descriptive statistics does not contain demographic information or frequency of usage.
2.2 Data analysis reliability measures

This study utilize Likert-type scales to report overall scale and subscale internal consistency reliability estimates in the analysis of the individual respondent to a survey scale items. The study which this report presents its findings used 18 multiple likert items based on the constructs of the theory of planned behaviour to determine drivers’ opinion to using mobile phone while driving. Each question seeks a response for example how “very likely” to very unlikely” in order to understand whether the respondents to this questionnaire agree to presumed harmful effect of using a mobile phone while driving. In order to measure the reliability analysis for each of the TPB constructs Cronbach’s alpha is most commonly used to measure internal consistency of multiple likert scale. Literature suggest that a scale to be reliable must contain multiple items to measure a quantitative response and respondents are asked to rate each items on a scale of response which reflects their best response to the item (Nunnally and Bernstein (1994), and Spector, 1992). It is noted that past behaviour was combined in the SPSS output wit intention since cronbach alpha cannot measure a single item. The proceeding shows the item-analysis output from SPSS for the multi-item scale of student opinion towards their using a mobile phone while driving. The Cronbach’s alpha is 0.495, which indicates a low level of internal consistency for the scales items used for this study as shown in table 2.1.

Table 2.1 Reliability Statistics
Cronbach’s AlphaCronbach’s Alpha Based on Standardized ItemsN of Items
.495.46518

The Item-Total Statistics table 2.2 presents the Cronbach’s Alpha if item deleted in the final column, as shown below:

Table 2.2 Item-Total Statistics
Scale Mean if Item DeletedScale Variance if Item DeletedCorrected Item-Total CorrelationSquared Multiple CorrelationCronbach’s Alpha if Item Deleted
Int157.6573.085.427.717.413
Int258.3768.352.477.797.387
att160.8097.597-.321.690.556
att261.1790.661-.060.686.515
att361.2490.979-.068.625.514
att460.14104.081-.461.601.599
att560.2395.106-.217.450.552
att661.5989.215.032.566.499
sn157.3685.957.100.279.491
sn258.8872.326.480.574.402
sn358.4675.902.365.562.432
sn459.3777.453.230.426.463
sn557.1484.501.178.335.478
pbc159.5570.365.451.687.400
pbc260.6575.230.398.586.425
pbc357.1780.869.250.236.462
pbc461.5082.774.212.242.471
Past Behaviour61.9287.334.438.386.476

This column presents the value that Cronbach’s alpha would be if that particular item was deleted from the scale. It suggests that removal of any question except att4, would result in a lower Cronbach’s alpha. Therefore, it will not give us a better result even if att4 is delete from these questions. Removal of question (att4) would lead to a small improvement in Cronbach’s alpha and we can also see that the Corrected Item-Total Correlation value was low (-0.461) for this item. This might lead us to consider whether we should remove this item. Appendix B suggest that if all attitude question are deleted the cronbach alpha will increase to 0.657 which is a much better result. Table 2.2 column 4 total correlation result for all items shows there is positive correlation between intention and Past behavior (.438; SN-item 2 (.480); and pbc – item 1 (.451) but a weak and the negative correlation between intention and attitude (-.461).

Table 2.3 Reliability Statistics
Cronbach’s AlphaCronbach’s Alpha Based on Standardized ItemsN of Items
.599.54817

Table 2.3 shows that a removal of question (att4) increases the cronbach alpha 0.495 to 0.599 and also increases the individual items internal consistency cronbach alpha. Table 2.4 shows the measure of spread around the mean (63.13) with a dispersion SD: 9.531.

Table 2.4 Scale Statistics
MeanVarianceStd. DeviationN of Items
63.1390.8389.53118

Cronbach’s alpha reliability the coefficient normally ranges between 0 and 1. However, there is actually no lower limit to coefficient. Closer Cronbach’s alpha coefficient is to 1.0 ,greater the internal consistency of the items in the scale. Based upon the formula _ = rk / [1 + (k -1) r] where k is number of items which is considered and r is mean of the inter-item correlations the size of alpha is determined by both number of items in scale and mean inter-item of correlations. George and Mallery (2003) provide following rules of thethumb: “_ > .9 – Excellent, _ > .8 – Good, _ > .7 – Acceptable, _ > .6 – Questionable, _ > .5 – Poor, and _ < .5 – Unacceptable” (p. 231). While increasing value of the alpha is partially dependent upon the number of items in the scale, it should be noted that this has a diminishing returns. It should also be noted that an alpha of .8 is probably a reasonable goal some studies report alpha of .7 as a suitable. George & Mallery (2003) also noted that while a high value for Cronbach’s alpha indicates good internal consistency of the items in the scale, it does not mean that scale is undimensional explaining that this factor analysis which is not dealt with in this study can be useful.

3. Relationship between the variables

3. 1 Regression Analysis

Regression was used for exploring relationship between intention (dependent variable) and the independent variable of the attitude, SN, PBC, and past behavior the items are supposed to be averaged. According to Cohen (2007) linear regression analyzes is most appropriate to evaluate relationship between two or more predictor variables and the dependent variable (intention). Table 3.1 provides the R and R2 value. The R value is attitude 0.671; subjective norm 0.702; and pbc 0.788 respectively for which represents the relative contribution of each of the variable items in the scale with pbc contributing more in the regression model. Thus, it means that the percentage of variation in intention is explained by the independent variables of attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control. The R2 value indicates how much of the dependent variable, intention, can be explained by the independent variables. In this case, 57.5% can be explained, which is relatively above average. Representing 42.5% of intention not explained by the TPB variables which are not included in the model and therefore other factors may contribute significantly to variation in intention which is not explained. It also means that about that percent of variance in intention variable can be explained by the regression model. The F-test result was 10.391 with significance (“Sig”) of .000. This meant that the probability of this results occurring by chance was less than 0.05. Thus, a significant relationship was present between intention of students and actual behaviour of using a mobile phone while driving.

Table 3.1 Model Summaryd
ModelRR SquareAdjusted R SquareStd. Error of the EstimateChange Statistics
R Square ChangeF Changedf1df2Sig. F Change
1.671a.450.4251.685.45018.0186132.000
2.702b.493.4491.649.0432.1595127.063
3.788c.621.5751.449.12810.3914123.000
a. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg
b. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg, sn.avg
c. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg, sn.avg, pbc.avg
d. Dependent Variable: int.avg

Table 3.2 below tells us whether or not the regression result is meaningful using the last column (p-value at .05). The ANOVA result is less than .005 meaning that the regression model is appropriate and that a significant amount of variation in the dependent variable is explained by the independent variables, overall, the model applied is significantly good enough in predicting the outcome variable.

Table 3.2 ANOVAd
ModelSum of SquaresDfMean SquareFSig.
1Regression306.931651.15518.018.000a
Residual374.7531322.839
Total681.683138
2Regression336.2901130.57211.241.000b
Residual345.3941272.720
Total681.683138
3Regression423.5241528.23513.453.000c
Residual258.1591232.099
Total681.683138
a. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg
b. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg, sn.avg
c. Predictors: (Constant), att.avg, sn.avg, pbc.avg
d. Dependent Variable: int.avg

The coefficients table (3.3) indicates which of the three independent variables predict significantly the dependent variable of intention better. The result shows that all three TPB variables have a role in predicting intention, however, we can see that subjective norm (.452) have a stronger role, then attitude (.273) and pbc (.057) of the standardized coefficients in fourth red row has a much weaker role to play. Hence, the SN and ATT p-value is less than .000 which means that it is more significant than PBC (.401).

The correlation result (table 3.3) between the dependent variable (intention) and attitude shows that there is a fairly weak but positive correlation between intention and attitude.401, and SN .521 but intention and PBC have a negative correlation -0.12. Also, there is a very weak and no significant relationship between attitude and PBC. However, there is weak but positive relation between intention, SN and Attitude (table 3.3).

3.3 Co efficientsa
ModelUnstandardized CoefficientsStandardized CoefficientstSig.Correlations
BStd. ErrorBetaZero-orderPartialPart
1(Constant)1.470.420 3.496.001
Attitude –.538.101.4015.319.000.401.401.401
2(Constant).793.389 2.040.043
Attitude –.371.094.2763.955.000.401.310.265
sn_avg.435.069.4436.348.000.521.464.425
3(Constant)-.0741.099 -.067.947
Attitude –.367.094.2733.908.000.401.308.262
sn_avg.445.070.4526.395.000.521.468.429
pbc_avg.154.182.057.843.401-.012.070.056
a. Dependent Variable: int_avg

The regression coefficient analysis revealed that subjective norm was a highly significant predictor of intention ((? = 44.5%, p value=.000, and t value = .005), attitude (? = 36.7%, p value=.000, and t value = 3.908) and PBC (? = 15.4%, p value=.401, and t value = 0.843). In summary SN predict approximately 45% of intention, attitude 37% and PBC with the lowest contribution (15).

The part correlation, last column, shows the unique contribution of individual variable to the dependent variable (Intention) indicating that subjective norm (45.2%) contribute more and has a greater significance (.000) to predicting intention than attitude (27.3%) contribution and the lowest contribution with PBC (05.7%) contribution (p-value=.401) inferring that PBC is less significant. Further analysis was conducted to examine the additional contribution of past behaviour to intention.

3.2 Additional contributions of past behaviour to predicting Intention

Further regression was explored on the additional contribution of past behavior to intention. The r value (47.8%) adjusted R square for this is 22.9%. It is expected that the ANOVA (table 3.3) result will be significant at .000. The coefficients table (3.4) indicates a higher contribution from country to the model (47.8%) comparative to the key predictor variables. Thus, we may infer that past behavior has a higher contribution to predict intention better than the main constituent variables as shown in above (see table 3.3).

Table 3.2 Model Summaryb
ModelRR SquareAdjusted R SquareStd. Error of the EstimateChange Statistics
R Square ChangeF Changedf1df2Sig. F Change
1.478a.229.223.259.22940.9511138.000
a. Predictors: (Constant), Past Behaviour
b. Dependent Variable: Int.avg
Table 3.3 ANOVAb
ModelSum of SquaresDfMean SquareFSig.
1Regression157.1401157.14040.951.000a
Residual529.5451383.837
Total686.686139
a. Predictors: (Constant), Past Behaviour
b. Dependent Variable: Int.avg
Table 3.4 Coefficientsa
ModelUnstandardized CoefficientsStandardized CoefficientstSig.Correlations
BStd. ErrorBetaZero-orderPartialPart
1(Constant)1.776.496 3.578.000
Past Behaviour2.452.383.4786.399.000.478.478.478
a. Dependent Variable: Int2

4. Discussion and Conclusion

This study examines that the theoryof planned behaviour (TPB) in the context of intention to use a mobile phone while the driving attempt for apply TPB to cross examines major determinants of the intention for using a mobile phone while driving.Additionally, past behavior was explored. A sample of students who provided these information about the driving behaviour, as well as views, attitudes and intention regarding for keeping to the regulation banning the use of the mobile phone while driving. The result is however not consistent TPB studies (Ajzen, 1991, Devellis et al,. 1990). The result shows that the subjective norm and the attitude predicted intention better than the PBC. According to (Ajzen, 1991) perceived behavioural control plays important role when the behaviour in question becomes more non-volitional. The result of this study also shows that it is more in agreement with intention predictive ability from other studies using the model TPB. The model fit well in the ANOVA t-test, indicating that as can be seen from table 3.2. This study is consistent with other such results to confirm that the TPB model is valid and is significant in predicting intentions to drive using a mobile phone. Results shows that a percentage of intention (table 3.1) may be explained by other variables confirming other studies conclusion that suggested the extension of TPB by other variables such as past behaviour, self identity among others been added in various studies to explain the variations in intention. The results also show a significant relationship between the variables except pbc which has the lowest correlation (Table 3.3).

Based on foregoing, the primary hypothesis that the theory of planned behaviour is significant in predicting intention is accepted that is consistent with other studies (Kim and Han, 2010; Sang and Chen 2010;Gopi and Ramayah, 2007; Vackier, 2005 etc). Secondly, we noticed that the contribution of the other variables to predicting intention may be responsible to explain the higher percentage variation in intention. Thus, most studies include other variables in order to reduce limitation of the present study. Results of the study show past behavior rather than the TPB variables to be pertinent, accounting for 47.8% of the variance in sample. Some of the limitations of this study include a low level of internal consistency result for perceived behavioural control, these might be responsible for the null-effect result for PBC which is however not consistent with previous studies (e.g. Pavlou et al, 2006). Empirical evidence may not be available to suggest that this result is applicable to other European countries in terms of generalization. Indeed, perceived behavioural control has lowest variance compared to other variables in our study (.067), and it might therefore be less relevant in prediction of the intentions in this case. A second limit might be lack of consideration which is given to additional variables and lack of the measurement which is given to demographic factors and the actual behaviour, which might be contribute to outcome. Finally, this study concludes that perceived behavioural control has the lowest significant contribution for predicting intention as we can see that the subjective norm (.452) has stronger role, then the attitude (.273) and the PBC (.057).

Reference

1. Ajzen, I. (1991) The theory of planned behaviour. Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, 50, 179-211.

2.Armitage, C. J. & Conner, M. (2001) Efficacy and the theory of planned behavior: A meta-analytic review. British Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 471-499.

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