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NCJ Number: 48596 Find in a Library
Title: DRUG USE AND STIMULUS SEEKING (FROM DRUG ABUSE - MODERN TRENDS, ISSUES, AND PERSPECTIVES, 1978, BY ARNOLD SCHECTER ET AL - SEE NCJ-48582)
Author(s): B SEGAL
Corporate Author: Marcel Dekker, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Marcel Dekker, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SENSATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR AND USE OF DRUGS AND/OR ALCOHOL IS EXAMINED IN A SURVEY OF 586 COLLEGE STUDENTS.
Abstract: THE SUBJECTS COMPLETED A BATTERY OF PERSONALITY SCALES AND A DRUG/ALCOHOL USE QUESTIONNAIRE IN THE FALL OF 1973. ONE OF THE SCALES MEASURED THE FOLLOWING DIMENSIONS OF SENSATION SEEKING: GENERAL SENSATION SEEKING (PREFERENCE FOR IMPULSIVE, STIMULATING, EXCITING SITUATIONS); THRILL AND ADVENTURE SEEKING (PREFERENCE FOR ACTIVITIES AND/OR SPORTS INVOLVING SPEED, MODERATE DANGER, OR ADVENTURE; EXPERIENCE SEEKING ( INTEREST IN NEW EXPERIENCES THROUGH MUSIC, ART, DRUGS, AND UNCONVENTIONAL ATTITUDES OR BEHAVIOR); DISINHIBITION (INTEREST IN SEEKING SENSATION BY CASTING OFF INHIBITIONS AND ASSUMING A HEDONISTIC, EXTROVERTED ORIENTATION INVOLVING DRINKING AND A NEED FOR SOCIAL CONTACT; AND BOREDOM SUSCEPTIBILITY (A SCALE MEASURING MALE SUBJECTS' DISLIKE FOR REPETITIOUS EXPERIENCES). SENSATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR WAS FOUND LEAST OFTEN AMONG STUDENTS WHO USED NEITHER ALCOHOL NOR DRUGS, MORE OFTEN AMONG STUDENTS WHO USED ONLY ALCOHOL, AND MOST OFTEN AMONG STUDENTS WHO USED DRUGS. THE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT STUDENTS WHO USE DRUGS, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT THOSE WHO USE ALCOHOL ONLY, TEND TO BE EXTROVERTED, SOMEWHAT NONCONFORMING, IMPULSIVE, HEDONISTIC, AND ATTRACTED TO EXCITEMENT. THE RESULTS, TOGETHER WITH CROSS-VALIDATION FINDINGS, INDICATE THAT SENSATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR CAN BE USED TO PREDICT THE USE OR NONUSE OF DRUGS. SUPPORTING DATA AND A LIST OF REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Evaluation; Personality; Students; Surveys
Note: PRESENTED AT THE 2ND NATIONAL DRUG ABUSE CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS (LA), 1975
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