Differences in Risk-Taking Propensity Across Inner-City Adolescent Ever- and Never-Smokers.
Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, African Americans, District of Columbia, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Impulsive Behavior, Life Style, Logistic Models, Male, Psychology, Adolescent, Risk Factors, Risk-Taking, Self Concept, Smoking, Urban Population
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Because adolescent smoking is a significant public health concern, potential value lies in understanding and identifying the psychological factors that distinguish ever- and never-smokers. To that end, we examined the relationship between risk-taking propensity as measured by the Balloon Analogue Risk Task and ever-smoking (i.e., even one puff) versus never-smoking in a sample of 125 predominantly African American high-school adolescents (M = 15.1, SD = 1.5). Results indicated that ever-smokers and never-smokers differed on risk-taking propensity; further risk-taking propensity was related to smoking status above and beyond both demographic variables and a measure of self-reported impulsive sensation seeking. We discuss these results in relation to the potential utility of a multimethod assessment approach (i.e., self-report measures and behavioral tasks) to identify adolescents' risk-taking susceptibilities and engagement in smoking and other risk-taking behaviors.
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Lejuez, C W; Aklin, Will; Bornovalova, Marina; and Moolchan, Eric T, "Differences in Risk-Taking Propensity Across Inner-City Adolescent Ever- and Never-Smokers." (2005). Psychology Faculty Publications. 144.