The utility of personality variables and behaviorally-based measures in the prediction of risk-taking behavior

Reid L. Skeel, John Neudecker, Carrie Pilarski, Kimberley Pytlak

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Abstract

The five-factor personality model has demonstrated effectiveness in the prediction of adolescent risk-taking behavior (Gullone, & Moore, 2000). The Bechara Gambling Task (BGT; Bechara, Damasio, Damasio, & Anderson, 1994) and the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART; Lejuez et al., 2002) are two behaviorally-based measures that have also demonstrated some effectiveness in the prediction of risk-taking (Bechara, 2003; Lejuez, Aklin, Zvolensky, & Pedulla, 2003). The current study compares self-report and behaviorally-based measures in the prediction of risk-taking behavior in a college based sample. Zero-order correlations revealed several relationships among measures, and regression models indicated behaviorally-based measures explained significant variance beyond personality measures for subsets of risky behaviors. The utility of the BART and the BGT in the prediction of risk-taking is explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

Keywords

  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality
  • Risk-taking

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