Gender Differences in Risk-Taking Attitudes Among Adolescents

  • Nur Nadia Hanapi
  • Mohd Najmi Daud Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Mariani Mansor Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Keywords: risk-taking attitudes, male and female adolescent, characteristic risk-taking attitude


Issues concerning risk taking attitude and behaviors among adolescents in Malaysia has become increasingly complex and challenging. This paper aims to examine the gender differences in risk-taking attitude among adolescents in Malaysia. 426 adolescents consisting of 183 boys (43%) and 243 girls (51.9 %) participated in this study. Data were obtained using a self-administered questionnaire namely the Attitude towards risk questionnaire (Franken, Gibson & Rowland, 1992). The findings suggested that there is a significant difference between male and female with respect to risk taking attitude, t (424) = 3.14, p = .03 (two-tailed). The analysis of mean further revealed that male adolescents (M = 53.85. SD = 11.99) is inclined towards risk attitudes compared to female adolescents (M =50.14, SD=13.39). Apart from verifying the previous findings on the gender differences in risk taking attitudes, the present finding indicates the need for a gender specific approach to the assessment and intervention of risk-taking attitude among adolescents in Malaysia.


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How to Cite
Hanapi, N. N., Daud, M. N. and Mansor, M. (2019) “Gender Differences in Risk-Taking Attitudes Among Adolescents”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 4(4), pp. 71 - 75. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v4i4.236.