High risk behavior plays a key role in injury and death among teens and young adults. This investigation provides an overview of the frequency of high risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, cigarette smoking, seat belt use, and contraceptive use among college students. Body modification behaviors such as body piercings, tattoos, and brandings were also assessed. In addition, personality variables such as self-esteem, sensation seeking, and gender role were assessed to identify predictors of these behaviors. In this sample, 22% reported that they smoke cigarettes, 68% reported that they had been drunk in the last year, 20% reported using illegal drugs in the last year, and more than a third of those sexually active, report that they rarely or never use a condom when having sex. Approximately one third of the respondents reported that they had either body piercing, a tattoo, or branding. Disinhibition scores, self-esteem, scores, femininity scores, and gender predicted high risk behavior. Self-esteem and gender were significant predictors of body modification behavior.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©2001 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Ruhl, Megan B. and Losch, Mary E.
"High Risk Behaviors and Body Modification Among College Students: Profile and Predictors,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/24