The association between sensation seeking and well-being among college-attending emerging adults

Russell D. Ravert, Seth J. Schwartz, Byron L. Zamboanga, M. Brent Donnellan, Su Yeong Kim, Robert S. Weisskirch, Lindsay S. Ham, Melina M. Bersamin

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Abstract

Sensation seeking is a known risk factor for unsafe and reckless behavior among college students, but its association with well-being is unknown. Given that exploration plays an important psychosocial role during the transition to adulthood, we examined the possibility that sensation seeking is also associated with psychological well-being. In a large multisite US college sample (N = 8,020), scores on the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking were positively associated with risk behavior, psychological well-being, and eudaimonic well-being. When sensation seeking dimensions were examined separately, well-being was found to be associated with high novelty seeking but with low intensity seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2013

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    Ravert, R. D., Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Brent Donnellan, M., Kim, S. Y., Weisskirch, R. S., Ham, L. S., & Bersamin, M. M. (2013). The association between sensation seeking and well-being among college-attending emerging adults. Journal of College Student Development, 54(1), 17-28. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2013.0004