ERIC Number: ED337728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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A Developmental Analysis of Self-Monitoring and Sensation-Seeking.
Downing, Brian; Tomczak, Timothy
People high in self-monitoring and sensation-seeking tend to be gregarious. For the self-monitor, social interaction is a means to the end of influencing others, and for the sensation-seeker it is a valuable source of stimulation. The present study explored the extent that the two constructs overlap by examining correlations between scores on the Revised Self-Monitoring Scale (RSMS) and Forms IV and V of the Sensation-Seeking Scale (SSS). Another aim of the study was to compare scores earned by individuals of different ages. College students (N=84) completed the RSMS and the SSS or just the RSMS. Results showed a significant relationship between self-monitoring and sensation-seeking. With regard to age, sensation-seeking seemed to decrease with age, possibly after age 24. This finding is consistent with research showing that sensation-seeking peaks during the teenage years and then decreases with age. It appears that the ability to modify one's self-presentation accounts for most of the overlap between self-monitoring and sensation seeking. Evidence from the study suggest that the significant positive relationship observed between self-monitoring and sensation seeking is real. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Self Monitoring; Sensation Seeking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (62nd, New York, NY, April 11-14, 1991).