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Intensity seeking and novelty seeking: Their relationship to adolescent risk behavior and occupational interests

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The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that individual differences in sensation seeking account for adolescents' risk behavior and vocational interests. We relied on Arnett's (1994) conceptualization of sensation seeking as involving a need for intensity and a need for novelty, neither of which includes the willingness to take risks. Self-report scales measuring intensity seeking, novelty seeking, impulsiveness, risk behavior and vocational interest were administered to 636 adolescents. New scales measuring intensity seeking (IS) and novelty seeking (NS) were used. Regression analyses showed that IS and to a lesser extent NS accounted for a small part of variance of risk behavior, independent of impulsiveness. IS and NS accounted for vocational interests. The discussion emphasizes the importance of disentangling sensation seeking as a trait from willingness to take risks when one intends to analyse the effect of the former on risk behavior.

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hal-04035198 , version 1 (17-03-2023)

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Pascal Mallet, Emmanuelle Vignoli. Intensity seeking and novelty seeking: Their relationship to adolescent risk behavior and occupational interests. Personality and Individual Differences, 2007, 43 (8), pp.2011-2021. ⟨10.1016/j.paid.2007.06.018⟩. ⟨hal-04035198⟩
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