M.A. Applied Psychology and Professional Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Risk-taking (Psychology); College freshmen
Psychiatric and Mental Health
The purpose of this exploratory research was to investigate if change in sexual risk-taking behavior between high school and college can be predicted as a function of the interaction of person and situation traits. College, conceptualized as a backspace (situation) construct, and personality traits (sensation-seeking, neuroticism, extraversion) conducive to deviant behavior were examined. While significant risky behavior was reported for all students (n = 252), hierarchical regression analyses revealed that higher levels of the specified personality traits in combination with on-campus backspace residential status was not predictive of greater change in engagement in sexual risk-taking behavior. Implications for future research and prevention efforts are discussed.
Mannon, Stephanie, "The freshman experience" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 372.