An Exploration of Sensation Seeking in Persons with Disabilities in Rehabilitation

Rebecca S. Koszalinski, Robert Heidel, Cynthia J. Thomson, P. David Cochran, Jon Nance, Al Kaye

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Purpose This study reports the findings of a study about sensation-seeking or high-risk/challenging sports in persons who have disabilities. Design Exploratory, cross-sectional, and descriptive. Methods Two hundred and twenty-three recruitment e-mails were sent to potential participants. Data were collected through Qualtrics. Findings Mean score for Contextual Sensation Seeking Questionnaire for Skiing and Snowboarding (M = 30.21, SD = 8.18) was significantly lower than a sample of able-bodied skiers and snowboarders, t(239) = 2.75, p =.006. Mean for impulsive sensation seeking was lower than the same sample of able-bodied athletes cited in a previous study, t(240) = 4.56, p =.001. Means for the Zuckerman Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire subscales were impulsivity (M = 1.98, SD = 4.05) and sensation seeking (M = 6.75, SD = 2.68). Conclusions This group scored lower in sensation seeking compared to able-bodied high-risk/challenging sports activities participants. Sensation seeking is not a motivating factor in this sample. Clinical Relevance Nurses could encourage rehabilitation patients to engage in challenging activities for personal and group mastery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalRehabilitation Nursing
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

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Disabled Persons
Rehabilitation
Skiing
Sports
Impulsive Behavior
Postal Service
Athletes
Personality
Nurses

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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An Exploration of Sensation Seeking in Persons with Disabilities in Rehabilitation. / Koszalinski, Rebecca S.; Heidel, Robert; Thomson, Cynthia J.; Cochran, P. David; Nance, Jon; Kaye, Al.

In: Rehabilitation Nursing, Vol. 44, No. 4, 01.07.2019, p. 230-235.

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Koszalinski, Rebecca S. ; Heidel, Robert ; Thomson, Cynthia J. ; Cochran, P. David ; Nance, Jon ; Kaye, Al. / An Exploration of Sensation Seeking in Persons with Disabilities in Rehabilitation. In: Rehabilitation Nursing. 2019 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 230-235.
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