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Risky Behaviors and Sensation-Seeking in Adolescence: A Descriptive Correlational Study

(2019) Risky Behaviors and Sensation-Seeking in Adolescence: A Descriptive Correlational Study. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing.

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Risky behaviors are common in developing countries, especially in adolescence. Moreover, sensation seeking is an important factor in personality. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between risky behaviors and sensation-seeking in a sample of Iranian adolescents. This study used a cross-sectional method with 400 high school adolescents (age between 15 and 21 years old) in Kashan city from multistage random sampling. The research instrument consisted of three parts: a socio-demographic questionnaire, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and the Zuckerman Sensation-Seeking Scale-V (SSS-V). Data analysis was performed using the t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, regression and Spearman correlation coefficient in SPSS v 11.5. Risky behaviors were found in 51.2 of students, and a significant difference was found between the male and female students in this regard (p <.021). The overall sensation-seeking score and the scores in the dimensions of experience seeking, disinhibition, and boredom susceptibility were higher in males than females (p <.0001). All dimensions of sensation-seeking other than disinhibition dimension could significantly predict risky behavior. Sensation seeking can be used as an indicator for screening risky behaviors. Detailed planning on the part of the health care system and public authorities is recommended for appropriate screening and counseling adolescents with risky behaviors. © 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: adolescence; adolescent; adult; analysis of variance; article; boredom; child; controlled study; correlation coefficient; correlational study; counseling; data analysis software; female; health care system; high risk behavior; high school; human; human experiment; Iran; Iranian (citizen); juvenile; major clinical study; male; questionnaire; sampling; sensation seeking; student
Journal or Publication Title: Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Identification Number: 10.1080/24694193.2019.1628115
ISSN: 24694193
Depositing User: مهندس جمال محمودپور

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