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Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS) « Personal Traits « Surveys/Scales « Downloads

Date postedFebruary 7, 2012
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The BSSS is an abbreviated and revised eight-item form of the Sensation Seeking Scale for Children (Russo et al., 1993), which includes 26 items. Participants indicate responses to all sensation seeking items using a five-point scale.

Rick H. Hoyle, Michael T. Stephenson, Philip Palmgreen, Michael D. Slater

Hoyle, R.H., Fejfar, M.C., Miller, J.D., 2000. Personality and sexual risk-taking: a quantitative review. J. Pers. 68, 1203–1231.

Hoyle, R.H., Stephenson, M.T., Palmgreen, P., Lorch, E.P., Donohew, R.L., 2002. Reliability and validity of a brief measure of sensation
seeking. Pers. Indiv. Differences 32, 401–414.

Michael T. Stephenson, Rick H. Hoyle, Philip Palmgreen, Michael D. Slater (2003). Brief measures of sensation seeking for screening and large-scale surveys. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 72 (2003) 279–286.

(Hoyle et al., 2002) Cronbach alpha=0.74