The reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) with young adult Latino workers: implications for tobacco and alcohol disparity research.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


This study investigated the reliability and validity of the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS-8) in both English and Spanish with Latinos, the fastest-growing minority group in the United States, and the correlation between sensation seeking and tobacco and alcohol use.


Cross-sectional survey, computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI).


Dallas and Houston, Texas.


A total of 789 Latinos participated in this study. Participants were currently in the work-force, not enrolled in college, and between the ages of 18 and 30 years.


Participants completed a self-report questionnaire (in either English or Spanish) consisting of items measuring tobacco and alcohol use as well as the eight-item Brief Sensation Seeking Scale.

Findings and conclusions

For English-speaking Latino participants, the BSSS factor structure was second-order unidimensional and correlated positively with life-time cigarette use, intention to smoke in the future and amount and frequency of alcohol consumption. For Spanish-speaking Latino participants, a four-subfactor solution for the BSSS provided the best fit to the data although correlations between the four subscales and cigarette use were small.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stephenson, MT; Velez, LF; Chalela, P; Ramirez, A; Hoyle, RH

Published Date

  • October 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 Suppl 2 /

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 91

PubMed ID

  • 17850617

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17850617

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1360-0443

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0965-2140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.01958.x


  • eng