Risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending: An investigation of sensation seeking and the Eysenck personality questionnaire

Knust, Sonja and Stewart, Anna L. (2002) Risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending: An investigation of sensation seeking and the Eysenck personality questionnaire. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 46 5: 586-602. doi:10.1177/030662402236742


Author Knust, Sonja
Stewart, Anna L.
Title Risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending: An investigation of sensation seeking and the Eysenck personality questionnaire
Journal name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-624X
Publication date 2002-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/030662402236742
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 46
Issue 5
Start page 586
End page 602
Total pages 17
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated relationships between hostility, Zuckerman’s sensation seeking, and Eysenck and Eysenck’s personality scales within a prison population, to explore whether they could be conceptualized in terms of two socialized and unsocialized sensation seeking factors. Participants included 79 incarcerated adult male offenders (age range = 18- 62). Findings support the distinction between socialized and unsocialized sensation seeking and suggest that these factors represent more overarching personality factors. Psychoticism was a clear marker of the more broad impulsive, unsocialized sensation seeking factor, rather than representing a supertrait in its own right. This factor was also represented by lie, disinhibition, and boredom susceptibility scales. Findings relating to hostility also supported such a reformulation, as unsocialized scales did cluster together to predict the unsocialized hostility factor, whereas unsocialized scales did not. The results demonstrate the need for a theoretical reformulation of the two given theories of personality.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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