Decision Making Styles Associated with Adolescent Risk Taking Behavior

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The Ohio State University

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Adolescent risk taking behavior research rarely takes a decision making perspective. Seventy-one adolescents (ages 17-20) completed a two-part study using the Risk Involvement and Perception Scale and the Decision Making Styles Inventory. Pearson’s correlation coefficients reveal intuitive decision making styles have a positive correlation with risk involvement, while analytical decision making styles negatively correlate with risk involvement. In the study’s second part, three risk taking scenarios were presented, each having both a “risky” and “nonrisky” intended behavior option. ANOVAs show participants induced to be analytical decision makers do not rate the “risky” behavior option as more risky than participants who received no decision making induction. Future research should examine the stability of decision making styles and determine whether or not one style is more adaptive for adolescents.



cognitive style, risk perception, adolescent behavior, decision-making, induction, risk scenarios