Predicting recklessness in emerging adults: A test of a psychosocial model
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Emerging adults - people aged 18 to 25 years - frequently behave recklessly. This study sheds light on the role of four psychosocial predictors of recklessness (impulsivity, peer pressure, perceived risk, and perceived benefits). We obtained self-report data from 208 emerging adults. All predictors were significantly correlated, in the expected directions, with three forms of reckless behavior. Regression analyses revealed that, controlling for gender, relationship status and social desirability, impulsivity predicted substance use and sexual practices, peer pressure predicted substance use, perceived risk predicted reckless driving behaviors, and perceived benefits predicted all three recklessness types. Our psychosocial model of emerging adult recklessness gained additional support from the finding that all four predictors explained unique variance in global recklessness.
Journal of Social Psychology
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