Cognitive control as a moderator of temperamental motivations toward adolescent risk-taking behavior

George J. Youssef, Sarah Whittle, Nicholas B. Allen, Dan Lubman, Julian G. Simmons, Murat Yucel

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Few studies have directly examined whether cognitive control can moderate the influence of temperamental positive and negative affective traits on adolescent risk-taking behavior. Using a combined multimethod, latent variable approach to the assessment of adolescent risk-taking behavior and cognitive control, this study examined whether cognitive control moderates the influence of temperamental surgency and frustration on risk-taking behavior in a sample of 177 adolescents (Mage = 16.12 years, SD = 0.69). As predicted, there was a significant interaction between cognitive control and frustration, but not between cognitive control and surgency, in predicting risk-taking behavior. These findings have important implications and suggest that the determinants of adolescent risk taking depend on the valence of the affective motivation for risk-taking behavior
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-404
Number of pages10
JournalChild Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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