On the Role of Brain-Behavioral Systems (BAS/BIS), Novelty seeking, Reward Dependency, and Pathological Worry in Predicting Addiction Potential

Karim Babaei, Ali Issazadegan, Nasim Pirnabikhah, Emrah Tajoddini, Karim Babaei, Ali Issazadegan
2016 unpublished
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of brain-behavioral systems, personality traits (novelty-seeking, reward dependency) and pathological worry in addiction potential among university students. Method: The method used in this study was descriptive and of correlation type. All the students of Shahid Madani University of Azarbayjan in the academic year 2014-2015 constituted the statistical population of this study. From this population, the number of 150 students was
more » ... elected as the participants by multistage random sampling method. For data collection purposes, Carver and White's BIS/BAS Questionnaire, Pennsylvania State Worry Questionnaire, Cloninger's Temperament and Character Inventory of Personality, and Addiction Potential Scale were used. Results: The results showed that pathological worry and behavioral inhibition system were negatively correlated with addiction potential whereas behavioral activating system and novelty-seeking dimensions of personality traits were positively correlated with addiction potential. Conclusion: According to the obtained results, one can devise some proper solutions to prevent tendency to addiction by detecting the people with high behavioral activating system (BAS) and high novelty-seeking characteristics.