USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Claire Kinney

First Advisor

Thesis Director: Wendy Rote, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Lindsey Rodriguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Third Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Thomas Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Honors Program Director


University of South Florida at St. Petersburg



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Literature on texting and driving generally makes no distinction between moving (while actively driving) and stopped (e.g., while at a red light) texting. The purpose of this study was to analyze differences in regards to moving and stopped motor vehicle screen use (MVSU). Specifically, we examined mean differences in occurrence rates and attitudes towards the two MVSU behaviors and whether known correlates of texting and driving relate differently to moving versus stopped MVSU. Data for this study was obtained from 236 adults recruited through a participant pool of a Southeastern mid-sized college, social media and Amazon’s MTurk. Results suggest that while individuals view moving and stopped MVSU as conceptually different behaviors with different evaluations of driving self-efficacy, perceived risk, and overall levels of behavior frequency. Correlates generally relate similarly to both moving and stopped MVSU with few significant differences.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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