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Risk-Taking in Children: Age and Sex Differences

Paul Slovic
Child Development
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Mar., 1966), pp. 169-176
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1126437
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1126437
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Abstract

A number of children (735 boys and 312 girls) between the ages of 6 and 16 participated in a decision-making game designed to assess their willingness to take risks. The results indicated a sex difference in risk-taking propensity which emerged between the ninth and eleventh year of age. The difference was in the direction of our cultural stereotype: boys were bolder than girls.

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