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


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.


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


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