The aim of this study is to determine the effect of compensations of maladaptive schemas in the occurrence of risky behaviours among university students. The sample consisted of 188 university students who continue their education in various departments of education faculty of one university. The correlational model was used in this study which was included in the scope of quantitative research. The e-mail sampling method was used to gather data. Risky Behaviours Scale- University Form was used to measure risky behaviours and Young Compensation Inventory was used to measure schema compensations. Linear regression analysis results showed that intolerance to criticism and rebellion schema compensations explained %33 of total risk variance among male students; intolerance to criticism, rebellion and control schema compensations explained %29 of total risk variance among female students; rebellion, intolerance to criticism, control and egocentrism schema compensations explained %33 of total risk variance among whole sample.
Keywords: risky behaviours, schema compensations, university students