Volume 8

Perceptions of Gender Based on Biological Sex and Risk-Taking Behavior of Scenario Characters

Angela Porcello and Amy Breitenbach

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of gender based on biological sex and level of risk-taking of scenario characters. Participants included 180 college students (90 women). Participants were randomly assigned to one of six scenarios portraying a male or female engaging in a low, moderate, or high level of risk taking-behavior. Results indicated that college students perceived the low risk-taking scenario character to be significantly more masculine and more feminine than the high and moderate risk-taking scenario characters. It was also found that participants that took lower risks were found to be more feminine in gender than participants that took higher risks. In addition, men reported taking more risks than women.

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