The reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) with young adult Latino workers: Implications for tobacco and alcohol disparity research

Michael T. Stephenson, Luis F. Velez, Patricia Chalela, Amelie Ramirez, Rick H. Hoyle

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Abstract

Aim: This study investigated the reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) in both English and Spanish with Latinos, the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, and the correlation between sensation seeking and tobacco and alcohol use. Design: Cross-sectional survey, computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI). Setting: Dallas and Houston, Texas. Participants: A total of 789 Latinos participated in this study. Participants were currently in the work-force, not enrolled in college, and between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Measurements: Participants completed a self-report questionnaire (in either English or Spanish) consisting of items measuring tobacco and alcohol use as well as the eight-item Brief Sensation Seeking Scale. Findings and conclusions: For English-speaking Latino participants, the BSSS factor structure was second-order unidimensional and correlated positively with life-time cigarette use, intention to smoke in the future and amount and frequency of alcohol consumption. For Spanish-speaking Latino participants, a four-subfactor solution for the BSSS provided the best fit to the data although correlations between the four subscales and cigarette use were small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages13
JournalAddiction
Volume102
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • Latino
  • Risk factor
  • Sensation seeking
  • Tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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