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Analysis of Mental, Economic, Road & Insecurity Stresses as a Correlate Factor for Road Accidents in Nigeria

H. O. Amuji, D. E. Onwuegbuchunam, L. I. Okoroji, C. C. Nwachi, K. O. Okeke, A. C. Ejiogu


In this paper, we carryout research on stresses as a correlate factor for road accidents in Nigeria. The researchers identified four types of stresses namely; mental stress, economic stress, road stress and insecurity stress. Each of these stresses were measured by their respective stressors and perception index scales. The researchers collected data using the instrument of questionnaires. A simple random sampling technique was used to draw ten transport companies from Owerri for the study. Twenty (20) questionnaires were distributed to each transport company’s highway drivers to respond. A total of one hundred and thirty-two (132) questionnaires were correctly filled and returned and that form our sample size for the study. The response rate was 66%, and it is considered reasonable for the research. The questions posed were ranked into 4-point Linkert scale. The attached scales (ranks) converted the data from ordinal to interval scale. We applied average and Karl Pearson’s correlation for the analysis. From the analysis, we observed that not all the stressors were significant. Again, we observed that the four identified stress types correlated with road accidents. Whereas the mental and economic stress correlate negatively with road accidents, road and insecurity stress correlate positively with road accidents. We rejected all the null hypotheses and conclude that there is correlation between stress and road accidents in Nigeria.


Transport and logistics, stress, stressors, road accidents, correlation

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