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Women too 'take as many risks as men'


June 9, 2011 - Washington

A Sweden thesis has overturned the long-standing belief that there was a difference in men and women's attitude to taking risk.

Margareta Bohlin, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg, found that though young women were more likely than men to perceive risks as dangerous, there were no gender differences in actual risk-taking behaviour.

She studied risk-taking behavior among men and women ages 15-20 to arrive at the conclusion.

"Girls have been given increased access to the public sphere, so they both want to and are expected to behave like boys, and they certainly do," said Bohlin.

She also found that while girls and boys are now expected to take the same risks, there are still unwritten rules that apply to girls, with alcohol and sex allowed, but disapproved of in girls in high quantities.

ANI

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