Variables affecting emerging adults' self-reported risk and reckless behaviors

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Title Variables affecting emerging adults' self-reported risk and reckless behaviors
Author Duangpatra, Krisna Nana Killam; Bradley, Graham Leslie; Glendon, Ian
Journal Name Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Young adults' behaviors are frequently characterized by risk-taking and recklessness. Few studies have examined the correlates of risk and reckless behaviors in emerging adults. Drawing on theories emphasising multifactorial effects of personality, social, and cognitive variables, this study explores psychosocial factors contributing to risk and three types of reckless behaviors in a sample of 18–29 (N=607) year olds. Predictors were sensation seeking, anti-social peer influence, and present and future time perspectives. Sensation seeking predicted self-reported risk behaviors and reckless sexual behaviors, while peer influence predicted self-reported reckless substance use and reckless sexual behaviors. Present time perspective predicted reckless substance use, while future time perspective predicted reckless sexual behaviors. Several relationships were moderated by sex or age. The study extends understanding of risk-taking and recklessness beyond the adolescent years, identifying future research and intervention opportunities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2008.12.011
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 30
Issue Number 3
Page from 298
Page to 309
ISSN 0193-3973
Date Accessioned 2009-09-08
Date Available 2010-06-11T04:26:43Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29238
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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