Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1999

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Kenneth Olson

Abstract

Petrie's (1967) Reducer-Augmenter Theory holds that there is a continuum of individuals ranging from those who have nervous systems that amplify or increase stimulation (augmenters) to those who have nervous systems that dampen or decrease incoming sensory stimulation (reducers). The current study examined the use of the Revised Reducer-Augmenter Scale for the prediction of three behaviors associated with misconduct at a residential foster treatment facility for adolescents. A significant correlation between male RRAS scores and both current and preferred number of cigarettes smoked per day was found. Significant gender differences were also found. Results indicate the RRAS may be a viable instrument in studying and predicting male adolescent smoking.

Rights

Copyright 1999 Shane R. Trentman

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