Listen up, tailgaters: Rowan profs seek aggressive drivers for road rage prevention program

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Funded through a grant from New Jersey's Division of Highway Traffic Safety, researchers from Rowan University are offering an Aggressive Driving Prevention Program aimed at helping drivers deal with anger and aggression issues on the roads.

Funded through a grant from New Jersey's Division of Highway Traffic Safety, researchers from Rowan University are offering an Aggressive Driving Prevention Program aimed at helping drivers deal with anger and aggression issues on the roads.

The program is recruiting participants to begin sessions immediately.  All sessions will be held on Rowan's campus in Glassboro and all participants must be 18 or over. Participants will take the five-week program free of charge and each meeting will be two hours in length.

Professors from the Department of Health & Exercise Science (HES) in the College of Education and the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are collaborating to present the five-week program. The research group includes HES Professors Shari Willis and Francie Pagell; and Psychology Professors Jim Haugh and D.J. Angelone.

According to Willis, the principal investigator on the project, the goals of the program are to reduce short-term and long-term incidents of aggression by participants; to help participants understand what triggers their aggression on the roadways; and to help them develop coping responses and stress reduction techniques that will reduce their aggression.

Willis says aggressive driving and road rage play a role in approximately 65 percent of vehicular crashes. Aggressive driving may include everything from making rude gestures, preventing another driver from merging, making verbal threats, and tailgating to show disapproval at another driver's actions.

If you or someone you know may benefit from the program, contact Willis at 856-256-4500, extension 3702 or williss@rowan.edu for more information.

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