GENDER AND RISK TAKING

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The aim of the study was to verify the validity of hypotheses suggesting that risk taking propensity and frequency of risky behaviour are higher in men than in women and that individual propensity for risk is more closely related to personality traits that correlate with gender than to personality traits not correlated with gender. The NEO-FFI and SSS-V questionnaires were used to measure personality traits. Risk taking propensity and frequency of risky behaviour were evaluated with tools constructed by author. The sample consisted of persons aged between 18 and 22 (M=19,53; SD=0,68), including 36 women and 29 men.
    It was found that risk taking propensity and frequency of risky behaviour are higher in men than in women. The following four out of ten traits studied proved to be correlated with gender: neuroticism (r=0,37; p<0,01), extraversion (r=0,24; p<0,10), thrill and adventure seeking (r=0,40; p<0,01) and the total score of SSS scale (r=0,30; p<0,05). These four traits, which correlated with gender and regarded hereditary but not correlated with gender, were found to be related to (p<0,01) risk taking propensity and frequency of risky behaviour.
Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 13.06.2007, godz. 11:40 - Ewelina Soszyńska