Associations Between Psychosocial Well-being, Stressful Life Events and Emotion-driven Impulsiveness in European Adolescents

Stefanie Do, Juul M. J. Coumans, Claudia Börnhorst, Hermann Pohlabeln, Lucia A. Reisch, Unna N. Danner, Paola Russo, Toomas Veidebaum, Michael Tornaritis, Dénes Molnar, Monica Hunsberger, Stefaan De Henauw, Luis Alberto Moreno, Wolfgang Ahrens, Antje Hebestreit*, I.Family Consortium

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Knowing the extent to which mental well-being and stressful life events during adolescence contribute to personality characteristics related to risk-taking behaviors, such as emotion-driven impulsiveness, is highly relevant for the development of health promotion measures. This study examined whether psychosocial well-being and different stressful life events are associated with emotion-driven impulsiveness. In total, 3,031 adolescents (52% girls; Mage = 13.6 years) were included from the I. Family Study, a cross-sectional examination on lifestyle-related behaviors conducted across eight European countries in 2013/14. Linear mixed-effects regression models showed that higher psychosocial well-being was associated with lower emotion-driven impulsiveness independent of socio-demographic, health-related, and parental variables. A higher number of stressful life events was associated with higher emotion-driven impulsiveness. Psychosocial well-being and stressful life events need to be further considered in the development and tailoring of health promotion strategies that aim to reduce emotion-driven impulsiveness.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1106-1117
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Negative urgency
  • Impulsivity
  • Mental well-being
  • Stressful life events
  • Adolescence

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