RISK JUDGMENTS: A PSYCHOMETRIC APPROACH

  • Anna D. Eisler
  • Hannes Eisler
  • Charlotte Ericsson
  • Mitsuo Yoshida

Abstract

It is important to use a wide range of risk factors when studying how people perceivepotential danger. The present study examined perception of 54 global risk factors in a humanecological perspective, using a psychometric paradigm and psychophysical scaling. Theresults revealed significant gender differences. The female subjects estimated risks as moreserious than the males did. Also significant age differences were obtained. Discussion focuseson the meaning of gender and age differences in risk perception as well on both theoreticaland methodological implications.
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