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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2023, 6(14); doi: 10.25236/FER.2023.061401.

The Influence of Sensation Seeking and Self-control on Adolescents’ Risk Decision-Making Behavior


Weijian Fu, Wenjing Zhao

Corresponding Author:
Weijian Fu

Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, 541000, China


This study focuses on the effects of sensation seeking and self-control on risky decision-making among college students. The Chinese version of the Sensation Seeking Scale, the Self-Control Scale and an adapted simulation of the Balloon Adventure Task were used to study 314 university students. The study showed that factors such as self-control and restrained recreation were significantly and negatively correlated with sensation seeking and its disinhibition dimension (r<0.01); in the acquisition framework, individuals' risky decisions were positively correlated with the temptation resistance dimension of self-control (r<0.05), and the temptation resistance dimension of self-control had a significant effect on individuals' risky decisions (p<0.05). In addition, the interaction between sensation seeking and self-control on risky decision making among college students was significant (p<0.05). This study reveals the correlation between sensation seeking and self-control among college students and the underlying mechanisms, enriching the research on college student development.


college students; feeling seeking; self-control; risk decision making

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Weijian Fu, Wenjing Zhao. The Influence of Sensation Seeking and Self-control on Adolescents’ Risk Decision-Making Behavior. Frontiers in Educational Research (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 14: 1-5. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2023.061401.


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