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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science Major: Child, Youth and Family Studies Under the Supervision of Professor Yan Ruth Xia Lincoln, Nebraska April, 2010


Stimulant use is quickly becoming a widespread problem in the United States, especially on college campuses. Determining the risk factors for stimulant use may help professionals improve treatments for stimulant abusers. When considering Eysenck’s Psychoticism Extraversion Neuroticism (PEN) personality theory, the occurrence of both sensation-seeing and perfectionism may be predictive of substance use. In fact, many studies show that sensation seeking plays a role in stimulant use. However, few studies exist concerning the association between perfectionism and stimulants. The goals of this study were to a) examine the effects of gender and ethnicity on stimulant use and b) to examine the relationship of the traits of sensation seeking and perfectionism and stimulant use.

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