Gender differences in Everyday Risk Taking: An Observational Study of Pedestrians in Newcastle upon Tyne

Pollet, Thomas and O'Dowd, Eryn (2018) Gender differences in Everyday Risk Taking: An Observational Study of Pedestrians in Newcastle upon Tyne. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 9 (1). ISSN 1884-927X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5178/lebs.2018.65

Abstract

Evolutionary psychologists have put forward that there are evolved differences in risk taking between men and women. Potentially, these also play out in every day behaviours, such as in traffic. We hypothesised that (perceived) gender would influence using a pedestrian crossing. In addition, we also explored if a contextual factor, presence of daylight, could modify risk taking behaviour. 558 pedestrians were directly observed and their use of a crossing near a Metro station in a large city in the North East of England was coded. Using logistic regression, we found evidence that women were more inclined than men to use the crossing. We found no evidence for a contextual effect of daylight or an interaction between daylight and gender on use of the crossing. We discuss the limitations and implications of this finding with reference to literature on risk taking.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender differences, pedestrian, traffic
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 15:58
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 17:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34557

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