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An exploratory factor analysis was conducted with participants and resulted in one factor. The internal consistency was 0. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed using another sample of participants, and verified the one-factor structure. The findings indicate that people with a lot of experience in outdoor adventure have a higher score on the ABSS scale than control groups without such experience.

The also suggest that the 8-item ABSS scores were highly related to sensation seeking.

Adventure behavior seeking scale

The author discusses findings in regard to the ABSS as an instrument to measure outdoor adventure. However, further studies need to be carried out in other sample groups to further validate the scale. Adventure behavior is free-time activity that occurs outdoors with inherent elements of risk, typically taking place within natural environments [ 12 ]. This activity is gaining in popularity.

The positive consequences of adventure behavior are multifaceted: improving psychological and social well-being, feeling healthy, socialization, risk management, taking responsibility for oneself and others, learning and improving skills, feeling happier and relaxed, or deeply experiencing nature [ 678 ].

Adventure behavior also has multidimensional high risks associated with the real possibility of serious injury or even death. Perceived risk in adventure behavior is subjective and varies from person to person [ 3 ]. Therefore, situations in natural environments that present a high level of risk for one person may present only a low risk for another [ 3 ]. There are three serious environmental risks that directly impact adventure behavior in a wilderness situation: climate and weather, gravitation, and lack of oxygen [ 1112 ]. For instance, terrains, landforms, snowstorm, avalanches, cold, and heavy wind can present risks to mountain expedition tourists.

Scuba divers are confronted with the power of water and high barometric pressure. Skydivers fight against the forces of gravitation. These risks can be a cause of extreme discomfort leading to injury, illness, or even death. Practitioners of adventure behavior must be highly skilled and fit [ 13 ].

Various theories have been created to study adventure behaviors of individuals in natural environments and to predict their involvement. To them, untamed nature is a place for experiencing adventure.

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They perceive natural environments as a source of stimulation. For Priest [ 15 ], adventure behavior is an experiential method for learning new skills, which requires the use of all senses and cognitive processes. Adventure behavior is based upon personal experience, and it is a matter of relationships involving individuals and the constraints of nature.

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Csikszentmihalyi [ 16 ] put forward a theory highlighting the synergy between personal skills and the challenges presented to the individual by natural environments. An insufficient skill set or an overly demanding challenge means that the adventure activity in question will not be undertaken.

Self-efficacy is positively connected with the frequency and difficulty of doing outdoor activities, regardless of their forms. An increasing sense of self-efficacy motivates one to engage in voluntary outdoor activities in threatening natural environments [ 18192021 ].

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Surprisingly however, the research into this has very often focused on theoretical considerations; in the literature, there have been few instruments that measure this issue. To fill this gap, the goal of this study is the development of the Adventure Behavior Seeking Scale based on the sensation-seeking theory proposed by Zuckerman [ 14 ].

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The sensation-seeking trait is defined as the seeking varied, novel, complex, and intense sensations and experiences, and the willingness to take physical, social, legal and financial risks for the sake of such experiences [ 14 ] p. Actually, the explanation for sensation seeking is based on a model influenced by biological, psycho-physiological, and social factors.

These factors determine specific preferences and behaviors [ 222324 ]. The sensation-seeking trait has negative and positive consequences [ 25 ]. It is related to using drugs [ 26 ], alcohol [ 2728 ], or engaging in risky sexual behavior [ 29 ]. The sensation-seeking trait is also related to participating in risky behaviors in close contact with natural environments [ 3031323334353637383940 ].

The research conducted in the area of sensation seeking has used the Sensation Seeking Scale. It is considered a valuable tool in the assessment of the need for stimulating experiences in many areas, including the broadly understood psychology of outdoor activity.

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Work on the questionnaire began in the s. However, factor analyses of the statements in the questionnaire Form I and Form II suggested a multifactor solution as a better choice than a single, general factor [ 4243 ]. Individual scales differ with regard to the of statements they include [ 4546 ].

The SSS V, possibly the most popular version of the scale, includes 40 statements [ 47 ]. It was translated into many languages and adapted in many countries [ 48495051525354 ].

Adventure behavior seeking scale

However, the measure has received criticism for its length, thereby prompting others to develop self-report alternatives. The Brief Sensation Seeking Scale includes two items representing each aspect of sensation seeking [ 29 ].

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The Sensation Seeking Scale does have other limitations, as indicated by Arnett [ 22 ]. Furthermore, some statements concerning such activities as climbing or skydiving are strongly correlated with physical strength.

Adventure behavior seeking scale

The scale also includes statements which are characteristic for the Euro-American culture, which makes it difficult for people from different cultural backgrounds to understand the statements. Arnett [ 22 ] suggests his own version of the Sensation Seeking Scale, assuming a two-factor solution: novelty and intensity. It seems that the above list of reservations made by Arnett [ 22 ] can be developed, particularly in the context of diagnosing the intensity of thrill and adventure seeking in natural environments.

Another important limitation of the scale is the fact that respondents express their declaration to participate in an activity and not real behavior e. The answers to the questionnaire are usually given in a safe environment and do not reflect the real context in which a given outdoor activity is performed.

This is why people can declare their participation in a given activity, whereas in real and threatening environmental conditions these declarations may not be upheld. Another ificant problem with the thrill- and sensation-seeking scale concerns the predictability of the answers given by those respondents who provide themselves with new and intense sensations through participation in risky sports in close contact with natural environments.

The Sensation Seeking Scale also does not include various sources of risk found in natural environments, especially those connected with weather.

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Individuals can seek sensations through contact with one source of risk, such as gravity, and outdoor activity in severe weather conditions may not be of interest to them. Obviously, weather conditions are the universal feature when participating in activities in close contact with natural environments [ 5556 ]. It appears that using activities which require technical equipment parachute, skis in the statements is also a ificant limitation of the scale. Not everyone can afford such equipment, and it is this reason, not actual lack of interest, that can determine reation from seeking sensation in participating in specific activities in close contact with nature.

This is why the following assumptions were made with regard to constructing the scale:. The scale should take into various sources of risk within natural environments. The scale should not include statements which mention using technical equipment in outdoor activity. In other words, adventure seeking in natural environments should require physical and mental health only. The scale should include statements which can be understood by people of various cultural backgrounds.

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The remarks above were included in the development of the Adventure Behavior Seeking Scale. The author obtained institutional review board approval for the study. In order to examine the factor structure of the newly developed scale, data were collected from two separate groups of participants. The respondents in this group practiced the following outdoor activities: mountain climbing 9.

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Data obtained from this sample were examined using exploratory factor analysis. The respondents in this group practiced the following outdoor recreational activities: mountain climbing Authors have distinguished various distinctive forms of adventure behaviors including different environmental risks. Defined sets of characteristics thus also differentiate one adventure behavior from another.

What is interesting, however, is that all the above-mentioned behaviors share a common feature in the challenging, and sometimes downright extreme, weather conditions under which they might well be undertaken [ 4 ]. These characteristics were the inspiration for this study. Here, adventure behavior was defined as a construct that initially was conceptualized to be comprised of three dimensions: a adventure behavior including confrontation with the power of water; b adventure behavior against the forces of gravitation; c adventure behavior which entails enduring challenging weather conditions [ 12 ].

A set of 18 items was generated for the new scale based on sensation seeking theory [ 1429 ] and literature related to adventure recreation [ 48 ]. The statements take into adventure behavior from the perspective of three basic sources of environmental risks: adventure behavior including water threats six statementse.

The statements do not include declarations of willingness or inclinations towards a given activity, even a risky one.

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