Risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending: an investigation of sensation seeking and the eysenck personality questionnaire

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Title Risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending: an investigation of sensation seeking and the eysenck personality questionnaire
Author Knust, Sonja; Stewart, Anna Louise
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Editor George Palermo
Year Published 2002
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract This study investigated relationships between hostility, Zuckerman's sensation seeking, and Eysenck and Eysenck's personality scales within a prison population, to explore whether they could be conceptualized in terms of two socialized and unsocialized sensation seeking factors. Participants included 79 incarcerated adult male offenders (age range = 18- 62). Findings support the distinction between socialized and unsocialized sensation seeking and suggest that these factors represent more overarching personality factors. Psychoticism was a clear marker of the more broad impulsive, unsocialized sensation seeking factor, rather than representing a supertrait in its own right. This factor was also represented by lie, disinhibition, and boredom susceptibility scales. Findings relating to hostility also supported such a reformulation, as unsocialized scales did cluster together to predict the unsocialized hostility factor, whereas unsocialized scales did not. The results demonstrate the need for a theoretical reformulation of the two given theories of personality.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/030662402236742
Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the 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 46
Issue Number 5
Page from 586
Page to 601
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2003-03-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6551
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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