Social Representations in Risk-Taking Adolescents



The paper analyzes the relationship between risk-taking behaviors and social representations in adolescents and describes how adolescents may be divided into groups according to the levels of their risk-taking. The study revealed significant correlations between high levels of risk-taking and low levels of conscientiousness, of orientation on social axioms (religiousness), low desire for orderliness of the world, and the absence of a belief in a just world. At the same time it was found that those adolescents who abstain from risk-taking have a greater need for orderliness of the world and are more oriented towards universal social rules.

General Information

Keywords: adolescent, risk, risk-taking behaviors, social representations, social axioms, belief in a just world, conscientiousness, emotional intelligence

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Avdulova T.P., Motyleva L.A. Social Representations in Risk-Taking Adolescents. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 105–116. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

T. P. Avdulova, PhD in Psychology, PHD, professor, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

L. A. Motyleva, principal at the state school № 1106, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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