Journal article

General risk or individual vulnerability? Individual differences in young adults' health risk behaviour after childhood trauma

Odilia M Laceulle, Jason Rentfrow, Michael E Lamb, Eva Alisicc

Personality and Individual Differences | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


The present study aims at replicating earlier findings regarding the link between childhood trauma and young adults' health risk behaviours and extends previous work by examining potential moderating effects of demographic and trait characteristics. Specifically, the current study enables to disentangle individual differences in response to trauma and separate the effect of trauma on health risk behaviours from possible confounders known to be associated with health risk behaviours. Data were used from a large British sample of young adults (N = 236,755, age 18–35) who participated in an online survey. Young adults who had experienced the sudden death of a loved one, violence, or non-sexual ..

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Awarded by Kone Foundation

Awarded by Academy of Finland

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was financially supported by Kone Foundation Grant 31-225 and the Academy of Finland Grant 268388. The authors would like to thank BBC Lab UK and in particular Richard Cable, Joseph Coulson, and Michael Orwell for the support in developing the Big Personality Test.