Journal article

With risk may come reward: Sensation seeking supports resilience through effective coping

S McKay, JL Skues, BJ Williams

Personality and Individual Differences | Published : 2018

Abstract

Sensation seeking is often considered a risk factor for negative psychosocial outcomes. Our research challenges this view, testing a model in which sensation seeking is associated with psychological resilience, with this relationship mediated by coping. Two-hundred-and-sixty-eight respondents completed measures of sensation seeking, experiences of trauma, coping, perceived resilience, subjective wellbeing, and perceived stress. Sensation seeking was directly and indirectly positively associated with the psychological resilience markers of life satisfaction, positive affect, and (lower) perceived stress through problem-focused coping in those who had experienced trauma. Sensation seeking was ..

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