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1st Student's Major

Psychology

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Brittany Lang is originally from Plover, WI. While attending college at Minnesota State University, Mankato, she was the volunteer coordinator for Psi Chi, tutored biopsychology, completed a field experience opportunity at the Leo Hoffmann Center and participated in the Honors Program for Psychology. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in the spring of 2011. Currently, she resides in London, England, completing an internship at Attend and is working in their Acquired Brain Injuries Unit. In the future she hopes to pursue her Master’s Degree and Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology.

Mentor's Name

Dawn Albertson

Mentor's Email Address

dawn.albertson@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Risk-taking is an important construct that correlates with many areas of study such as substance abuse, psychological disorders, life-span changes and military involvement. As risk- taking is such a broadly defined construct, there are many different means used to measure it. Ironically, there has never been a study done to see whether or not these measures are looking at the same type of risk-taking. Our study investigated the differences and similarities in three risk- taking measures, the Balloon Analogue Risk-Task (BART), the TCU Self-Rating Form and the Domain-Specific Risk-Taking scale (DOSPERT). We analyzed the results within each participant to see whether or not the same form of risk-taking was being evaluated by each measure. Our analysis shows that there are few correlations between the subscales of the BART, the TCU Self-Rating form and the DOSPERT, implying differences in the types of risk-taking being measured by each scale.

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