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NCJ Number: 140851 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship of Sensation Seeking, Hostility, and Childhood Hyperactivity to Multiple Location Drinking Among DWI Offenders
Author(s): W F Wieczorek; B A Miller; T H Nochajski
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 16
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between multi- location drinking and the following personality characteristics of drunk-driving offenders: sensation seeking, hostility, and childhood hyperactivity.
Abstract: The sample of 190 subjects consisted of first-time and repeat drunk-driving offenders. The subjects were administered Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS), the Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory (BDI), and three scales (hyperactivity, attention/socialization, antisocial) based on Tarter's childhood hyperactivity checklist. DSM-III-R alcohol dependence criteria were assessed by a self- administered questionnaire. No significant differences for demographic variables were found between the two groups. Univariate analysis of variance showed that multilocation drinkers significantly differed from single-location drinkers on four of five sensation-seeking subscales, on four of eight hostility subscales, and on two of the three hyperactivity scales. Stepwise discriminant function analysis was used to examine simultaneously the ability of the personality measures to distinguish between the two groups. When the level of alcohol dependence was controlled for, only the boredom susceptibility scale made a significant contribution to the function. These findings indicate that multiple-location drinkers tend to be sensation seekers, which helps to explain their risky behavior. 20 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Offender profiles
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcoholic beverage consumption
Note: Paper presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting held at Marco Island, Fla., June 8-13, 1991.
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