Date Approved

2006

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Steven Huprich, PhD

Second Advisor

Alida Westman, PhD

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence, as well as perceived positive and negative consequences, of a wide range of risky and self-injurious behaviors (SIB). Participants were 215 undergraduate students (56.3% female), who were administered the Self-Injurious Behavior Risk Assessment (SIBRA), which was designed for this study; and the Eysenck Impulsiveness Scale (EIS; Eysenck, 1985). To compare behaviors viewed as having benefits which outweigh risks, a reward/risk ratio was rank ordered. Correlations were computed between item-total frequency, perceived consequences, the reward/risk ratio, and the EIS. Results found a variety of behaviors being endorsed by students, as well as eleven significant gender differences. Perceived benefits, gender, impulsiveness, venturesomeness, and empathy were all found to be related to SIB.

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