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Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 256–265 | Cite as

Emerging Adults’ Risk-Taking Behaviors: Personal and Social Predictors

  • Katherine A. Roeser
  • Cheryl L. SomersEmail author
  • Lauren R. MangusEmail author
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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate associations between emerging adults’ perceptions of their peers’ involvement in risky behavior, ability to resist peer influence, self-efficacy beliefs to resist risk-taking behaviors and personal traits—sensation seeking and emotion regulation—, and frequency of involvement in risky sex, drugs, and alcohol. The 437 participants were diverse undergraduates from a large urban university. The results showed strong associations. Self-efficacy to resist risks and peer involvement in risks, each played a significant role in relations.

Keywords

Emerging adulthood Perceived peer behavior Risk-taking behaviors Self-efficacy Sensation seeking 

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  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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