Evaluation of behavioral measures of risk taking propensity with inner city adolescents

Will M. Aklin, C. W. Lejuez, Michael J. Zvolensky, Chris W. Kahler, Marya Gwadz

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The current study examined the utility of behavioral measures of risk-taking propensity in the assessment of self-reported real-world risk-taking behaviors using a sample of 51 high-school-aged inner-city adolescents. Results indicated that performance on one behavioral measure, the balloon analogue risk task, accounted for unique variance in self-reported delinquency/safety risk behaviors as well as substance use risk behaviors, above and beyond that provided with demographics and self-report measures of risk-related constructs (i.e., impulsivity and sensation seeking). These results are discussed in relation to the potential utility of using a multimethod assessment approach for better understanding risk-taking vulnerability among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-228
Number of pages14
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Adolescents
  • Assessment
  • Prevention
  • Risk-taking behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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