The hedonism of adventure

Payne, Leon (2016) The hedonism of adventure. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study set out to find if immersion in adventure environments, modified hedonistic personality traits in early adulthood. Participants were all habitually active and frequently participated in adventure sports (N = 21). The Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS) was used as a direct measure of personality, and the Domain Specific Risk Attitude Scale (DSRAS) as a measure of risk taking (hedonistic) behaviours. Data was collected pre and post of a two week adventure environment immersion in the French Alps. Behavioural attitudes and risk engagement were recorded during this two week period in the form of participant recorded field diaries. This study has shown a uniformed trend in results across groups, suggesting a controlled tendency to seek novel, varied, and stimulating experiences. Overall SSS scores did not indicate a significant increase in the SSS trait, yet the general trend in results would indicate that the propensity to take risk increased due to immersion in an adventure environment.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 11:12
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 15:32
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2413

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