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
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Volume54
Issue number1
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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., ... 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

The association between sensation seeking and well-being among college-attending emerging adults. / Ravert, Russell D.; Schwartz, Seth J; Zamboanga, Byron L.; Brent Donnellan, M.; Kim, Su Yeong; Weisskirch, Robert S.; Ham, Lindsay S.; Bersamin, Melina M.

In: Journal of College Student Development, Vol. 54, No. 1, 27.05.2013, p. 17-28.

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Ravert, RD, Schwartz, SJ, Zamboanga, BL, Brent Donnellan, M, Kim, SY, Weisskirch, RS, Ham, LS & Bersamin, MM 2013, 'The association between sensation seeking and well-being among college-attending emerging adults', Journal of College Student Development, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 17-28. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2013.0004
Ravert, Russell D. ; Schwartz, Seth J ; Zamboanga, Byron L. ; Brent Donnellan, M. ; Kim, Su Yeong ; Weisskirch, Robert S. ; Ham, Lindsay S. ; Bersamin, Melina M. / The association between sensation seeking and well-being among college-attending emerging adults. In: Journal of College Student Development. 2013 ; Vol. 54, No. 1. pp. 17-28.
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