Research note: Drug use prevention for the high sensation seeker: The role of alternative activities

Margaret Usha D'Silva, Nancy Grant Harrington, Philip Palmgreen, Lewis Donohew, Elizabeth Pugzles Lorch

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Research demonstrating links between sensation-seeking and drug use, and sensation-seeking and participation in leisure activities suggests designing substance misuse prevention projects that encourage substituting alternative activities for drug use. The current study uses factor analysis and discriminant analysis to provide comprehensive information on the kinds of activities high-sensation seekers participate in. Factor analysis of activity participation indicates an eight factor solution. Discriminant analysis of factor scores indicates that high-sensation seekers can be discriminated from low-sensation seekers on the basis of two factors, active-adventure and conflict-combat. Implications for prevention program design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-385
Number of pages13
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Grant No. DA06892-04 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to Lewis Donohew, Philip Palmgreen, and Elizabeth Lorch, and the University of Kentucky. The work was carried out under the auspices of the Center for Prevention Research at the University of Kentucky.


  • Alternative activities
  • Drug use prevention
  • Leisure
  • Sensation-seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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