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Characteristics associated with risk taking behaviours predict young people's participation in organised activities

Hallingberg, Britt, Van Goozen, Stephanie Helena Maria and Moore, Simon Christopher 2016. Characteristics associated with risk taking behaviours predict young people's participation in organised activities. Journal of Adolescence 53 , pp. 189-194. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.10.008

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Abstract

Participation in organised activities (OAs) such as sports and special groups can shape adolescent risk taking behaviours. Sensation seeking and inhibitory control play an important role in the emergence of adolescent risk taking behaviours and may explain variations in OA participation as well as inform the development of more effective interventions that use OAs. Data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (England) were analysed using logistic regression to test whether inhibitory control and sensation seeking predicted participation in OAs at a mean age of 11.7 years (n = 2557) and 15.4 years (n = 2147). At 11 years of age higher sensation seeking predicted participation in any activity, sports and special groups while low inhibitory control predicted less participation in sports. At 15 years of age higher sensation seeking predicted participation in sports and activity breadth. Opportunities to develop targeted interventions aimed at increasing participation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Dentistry
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organised activities; Extra-curricular activities; Sport; Sensation seeking; Inhibitory control; ALSPAC
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0140-1971
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 7 October 2016
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 17:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95708

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