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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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FORMIGA, Nilton Soares; AGUIAR, Marcos  and  OMAR, Alicia. Sensation of seeking and antisocial conducts and criminal in youngsters. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.4, pp. 668-681. ISSN 1414-9893.

The youngsters behavior has been the target of interest in social and human science, mainly the behavior that permeates delinquency. Although countless variables can explain it, the construct seeking of sensation has contributed to this direction, for it gives emphasis to individual differences. Based on the perspective of the studies about personality, this work aims at the evaluation of the degree youngsters wish to take risks and the predisposition to novelty and to intense sensations. 504 youngsters from 11 to 20 years old answered the Arnett scale of the antisocial and criminal behaviors and sensation seeking. The results showed that the predisposition to experience intense sensations and novelty is capable of influencing youngsters to criminal and anti-social behavior.

Keywords : Delinquent behaviors; Sensation seeking; Youngsters.

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