This study reports the findings of a study about sensation-seeking or high-risk/challenging sports in persons who have disabilities.
Exploratory, cross-sectional, and descriptive.
Two hundred and twenty-three recruitment e-mails were sent to potential participants. Data were collected through Qualtrics.
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).
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.
Nurses could encourage rehabilitation patients to engage in challenging activities for personal and group mastery.
1 College of Nursing, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Division of Biostatistics, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN, USA
3 School of Health Studies, The University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
4 Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, USA
5 Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, TN, USA
Correspondence: Rebecca S. Koszalinski, The University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cite this article as: Koszalinski, R. S., Heidel, R. E., Thomson, C., Cochran, D., Nance, J., & Kaye, A. (2019). An exploration of sensation seeking in persons with disabilities in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(4), 230–235. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000146