ERIC Number: ED228265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Sensation-Seeking Scale for Preadolescent Children.
This study of motivational differences in the school situation and the development of a sensation-seeking scale of preadolescent children rests upon an interactive psycho-biological theory formulated by Farley (1981). Stimulation-seeking and arousal in relation to instructional features are central concepts. As a point of departure for the development of the scale, a sensation-seeking scale developed by Zuckerman et al. (1964) was analyzed in regard to its applicability with 12-13 year-old children, and adapted to Swedish children of this age. Special attention was paid to the dimensionality of sensation-seeking by using different factor-analytical procedures, and then contrasting the resulting factor patterns. The main criterion for a special solution to be chosen was that of factorial invariance in spite of the procedures used in the analysis and across the sexes. An emphasis was also laid on sex differences that emerged in the factor patterns for females and males. After the examination of the different factor structures, a solution with one general factor of sensation-seeking was selected as most valid. This implies that sensation-seeking is regarded as an unidimensional concept. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Authoring Institution: Goteborg Univ., Molndal (Sweden). Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Dimensional Analysis; Factor Invariance; Stimulus Seeking Behavior; Sweden