Sex differences in self-reported risk-taking propensity on the Evaluation of Risks scale

William D.S. Killgore, Nancy L. Grugle, Desiree B. Killgore, Thomas J. Balkin

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The Evaluation of Risks scale was recently developed as a self-report inventory for assessing risk-taking propensity, but further validation is necessary because most studies have predominantly included male subjects. Because males commonly exhibit greater risk-taking propensity than females, evidence of such a sex difference on the scale would further support its construct validity. 29 men and 25 women equated for age (range: 18 to 36 years) completed the scale. Internal consistency of the scale was generally modest, particularly among women. Men scored significantly higher than women on four of nine indices of risk-taking propensity, including Danger Seeking, Energy, Invincibility, and Total Risk-Propensity. Factors measuring thrill seeking and danger seeking correlated positively with a concurrent measure of sensation seeking. Although the higher scores exhibited by men are consistent with prior research on other measures of risk-taking, further research on this scale with samples including women is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-700
Number of pages8
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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