Risk-Attitude Scale: Methodology and Sample Characteristics


  1. Weber, E.U.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This report summarizes the work completed in contract # W771-027824/001/TOR. The purpose of this contract was to conduct two initial studies towards the goal of applying current theory about risk-taking to military contexts and, in particular, to validate an existing domain-specific risk-taking (DOSPERT) scale (Weber, Blais, and Betz, 2002) for use with American and Canadian adult populations. Respondents were contacted by advertisements on web bulletin boards and list servers and agreed to complete seven surveys, including the risk-taking and risk-perception responses of an expanded (48-item) version of the DOSPERT Scale, with some items modified for more general applicability in adult populations. For convergent and discriminant validity evaluation, we also included five other scales, the Sensation-Seeking Scale version V (SSS-V; Zuckerman, 1994), the Risk-Taking scale of the Jackson Personality Inventory (JPI-RT; Jackson, 1994), the Personal Need for Structure Scale and Personal Fear of Invalidity Scale (Thompson, Naccarato, Parker, and Moskowitz, 2001), and the General Self-Efficacy Scale (Schwarzer and Jerusalem, 1993, 1995). Surveys were placed on-line, allowing respondents to complete them via a variety of web browsers. The sample consisted of 401 respondents, of whom 296 indicated residing in the US and 105 in Canada. There were 188 female and 213 male respondents. Highest achieved educational level ranged from less than high school to a Ph.D. degree. Four respondents

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Individual differences;Risk;Sensation seeking
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2003-123 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
16 Sep 2003
Number of Pages
Electronic Document(PDF);CD ROM

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