Some of you my remember a few months back i posted requesting participants for a psychology ski study for my university dissertation. My thanks go to all that took part, your help really was invaluable. I have since graduated and i thought i would share my findings. I must stress however that this is not a peer reviewed published paper and therefore findings should not be taken as fact, and conclusions veiwed with sceptisim. The title of the report is "The Effects of Gender on Personality and Sensation Seeking Behaviour Traits in High-Risk Sport Athletes". i have included a summary of my most relavant finding below, and the full report can be found at http://www.pn21.co.uk/report.pdf
. just to warn you due to its scientific and statistical nature the full report can be in parts a tough read.
The premise for the study was to research the question of as there are more men then women in extreme sports, what does this mean for women who do it in terms of their personality traits? i found that both men and women who do extreme sports regulary have almost identical personality profiles. This is highly unsual in gender research, studys in other areas almost always finding evidence of gender differences. This suggests that there may be evidence of a gender inclusive extreme sport personality profile. This alone, although interesting (in my eyes anyway!), is only a prelude for significant reasearch into the psychological and biological motivations of participating in high risk sports.
I hope that this hasnt complety bored you, and prehaps inspired people to use college or undergraduate projects to look into similar areas to understand why we do what we do. This winter i am living in verbier, switzerland, give me a shout if u are to!! thanks again