The Risk Seekers
Mentor:Virgil Adams, Program Chair & Professor of Psychology, California State University, Channel Islands
How risk is defined in society has been shown to differ by age group, gender, religion, ethnicity, and may vary by other factors. Some researchers have concluded that risk is a predictor in religiosity (Hoffman & Miller, 1995). Others have shown that risk taking has direct connections to genders as well as age (Byrnes, Miller, & Schafer, 1999). The present study looks into the variation among risk seekers according to their age, gender, and religiosity. More specifically, using a sample of adults from Southern California (n = 720), it was hypothesized that risk taking would be associated with increased religiosity. The results supported the hypothesis in that higher levels of risk were associated with increased religiosity. Interestingly, this relationship remained even when age, gender, education, marital status, and income were controlled. The discussion focuses on the relationship between religiosity and risk taking.