Positive urgency predicts illegal drug use and risky sexual behavior.

TitlePositive urgency predicts illegal drug use and risky sexual behavior.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
JournalPsychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
Volume23
Issue2
Pagination348-54
ISSN0893-164X
Abstract

There are several different personality traits that dispose individuals to engage in rash action. One such trait is positive urgency: the tendency to act rashly when experiencing extremely positive affect. This trait may be relevant for college student risky behavior, because it appears that a great deal of college student risky behavior is undertaken during periods of intensely positive mood states. To test this possibility, the authors conducted a longitudinal study designed to predict increases in risky sexual behavior and illegal drug use over the course of the first year of college (n=407). In a well-fitting structural model, positive urgency predicted increases in illegal drug use and risky sexual behavior, even after controlling for time 1 (T1) involvement in both risky behaviors, biological sex, and T1 scores on four other personality dispositions to rash action. The authors discuss the theoretical and practical implications of this finding.

URLhttp://content.apa.org/journals/adb/23/2/348
DOI10.1037/a0014684
Short TitlePsychol Addict Behav
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