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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of gender based on biological sex and level of risktaking 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 panicipants that took higher risks. In addition, men reported taking more risks than women.

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