Risk perception, emotion regulation and impulsivity as predictors of risk behaviours among adolescents in Switzerland

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serval:BIB_EED746C19FCF
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Risk perception, emotion regulation and impulsivity as predictors of risk behaviours among adolescents in Switzerland
Journal
Journal of Youth Studies
Author(s)
Zimmermann G
ISSN
1367-6261 (Print;1469-9680)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2010
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
13
Number
1
Pages
83-99
Language
english
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore the frequency of risk behaviours among Swiss adolescents and their links with risk perception, impulsivity and emotion regulation abilities, operationalized with the concepts of alexithymia and emo- tional openness. We recruited 144 subjects (aged 14-20), who completed the Risk Involvement and Perception Scale (RIPS-R), the UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale, the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), and the 20-item Dimensions of Openness to Emotional Experiences (DOE-20) questionnaire. Findings revealed that a greater perception of benefits and a higher level of sensation seeking were associated with more involvement in risk behaviours, which are essentially socially accepted behaviours. Notably, the path model indicated that the perception of benefits was a mediator in the relationship between sensation seeking and risk behaviours. The results add to the psychological understanding of factors associated with risk behaviours in adolescence. The limitations and implications of these results for developmental theories, research, and prevention are stated.
Keywords
adolescence, risk-behaviour, emotion regulation, alexithymia, impulsivity, experimentation, susbtance use
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