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Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS)

Arnett, J. (1994). Sensation seeking: A new conceptualization and a new scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 16(2), 289-296. doi: 10.1016/0191-8869(94)90165-1
Measure and scoring instructions are available for public use: Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS).docx


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Description


History of Use


References


Description:

Purpose

The AISS was designed to assess the personality trait of sensation seeking, which is presumed to contribute to risk preferences. Sensation seeking is defined as a need for novel and intense stimulation.
Questions

20 items using 4-point scales (1 = describes me very well to 4 = does not describe me at all)
Sub-scales

2 sub-scales:
  • Novelty
  • Intensity
Domain


Psychometrics


Sample items

  • I can see how it would be interesting to marry someone from a foreign country. (Novelty)
  • When I listen to music, I like it to be loud. (Intensity)

References:

Scale:
Arnett, J. (1994). Sensation seeking: A new conceptualization and a new scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 16(2), 289-296. doi: 10.1016/0191-8869(94)90165-1

Selected Uses:
  • Andrew, M., & Cronin, C. (1997). Two measures of sensation seeking as predictors of alcohol use among high school males. Personality and Individual Differences, 22(3), 393-401. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(96)00214-0
  • Desrichard, O., Vos, P., Bouvard, M., Dantzer, C., & Paignon, A. (2008). The French version of the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking: Internal and predictive validity. Personality and Individual Differences, 44(8), 1673-1683. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2008.01.020
  • Ferrando, P. J., & Chico, E. (2001). The construct of sensation seeking as measured by Zuckerman's SSS-V and Arnett's AISS: A structural equation model. Personality and Individual Differences, 31(7), 1121-1133. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(00)00208-7
  • Haynes, C. A., Miles, J. N. V., & Clements, K. (2000). A confirmatory factor analysis of two models of sensation seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 29(5), 823-839. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(99)00235-4
  • Lourey, E., & McLachlan, A. (2003). Elements of sensation seeking and their relationship with two aspects of humour appreciation: Perceived funniness and overt expression. Personality and Individual Differences, 35(2), 277-287. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(02)00188-5
  • Mallet, P., & Vignoli, E. (2007). Intensity seeking and novelty seeking: Their relationship to adolescent risk behavior and occupational interests. Personality and Individual Differences, 43(8), 2011-2021. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2007.06.018
  • Roth, M. (2003). Validation of the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS): Efficiency to predict the willingness towards occupational chance, and affection by social desirability. Personality and Individual Differences, 35(6), 1307-1314. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(02)00351-3
  • Roth, M., & Herzberg, P. Y. (2004). A validation and psychometric examination of the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS) in German adolescents. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 20(3), 205-214. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759.20.3.205
  • Roth, M., Schumacher, J., & Brahler, E. (2005). Sensation seeking in the community: Sex, age and sociodemographic comparisons on a representative German population sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 39(7), 1261-1271. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.05.003
  • Zarevski, P., Marusic, I., Zolotic, S., Bunjevak, T., & Vukosav, Z. (1998). Contribution of Arnett's Inventory of Sensation Seeking and Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale to the differentiation of athletes engaged in high and low risk sports. Personality and Individual Differences, 25(4), 763-768. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8869(98)00119-6

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