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The Relationships Between Sensation Seeking and Gender Role Orientations Among Turkish University Students

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The relationships between sensation seeking and gender role orientation were examined among 325 Turkish university students. The Sensation Seeking Scale Form V (SSS-V; Zuckerman, Behavioral expressions and biosocial bases of sensation seeking. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1994) and the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI; Bem, Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, 42:155–162, 1974) were used for data collection. The dimensions of the SSS-V were Thrill and Adventure Seeking, Disinhibition, Experience Seeking, and Boredom Susceptibility. The ANOVA and MANOVA revealed main effects for gender and gender role orientation. As predicted, men reported higher levels of overall sensation seeking and Disinhibition than women did. Androgynous and masculine groups reported higher levels of overall sensation seeking, Disinhibition and Experience Seeking than the feminine group did. The effect of gender role orientation on Thrill and Adventure Seeking and Boredom Susceptibility was insignificant.

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Öngen, D.E. The Relationships Between Sensation Seeking and Gender Role Orientations Among Turkish University Students. Sex Roles 57, 111–118 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-007-9214-4

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Keywords

  • Sensation seeking
  • Gender
  • Gender roles
  • Turkish culture