SENSATION SEEKING, SOCIOTROPY, AND AUTONOMY IN A SAMPLE OF MALE ATHLETE AND NONATHLETE STUDENTS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
 
Besharat, M.A., Tehran University, Iran
 
To compare personality characteristics of sensation seeking, sociotropy, and autonomy in a sample of male athletes and nonathletes, 70 university students (35 athletes, 35 nonathletes) were included in this study. All 70 participants were asked to complete the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS) and the Sociotropy-Autonomy Scale (SAS). Athlete students reported higher levels of sensation seeking than nonathlete students. No significsnt difference was found between the two groups in terms of sociotropic and autonomous personality constructs. Both groups scored autonomy scale higher than sociotropy scale. Results and implications are discussed. Key Words: sensation seeking, sociotropy, autonomy, sport