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THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL VALUE ON ANXIETY AND SELF-OTHER DECISION MAKING

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The goal of the current study was to determine if perceptions of social value within the domain of relationship decisions influences anxiety and decision making, and if this influence is different when deciding for oneself versus another person. Based on Social Values Theory, it was expected that increases in perceived social value between scenarios and between participants would predict greater anxiety and more risk-taking in decision making, and that this effect would be greater in decisions for others than decisions for oneself. Questionnaires were given to 128 undergraduates at two different time points, presenting risky relationship scenarios to participants and prompted them to rate emotional feelings, social value, riskiness, and their likelihood of making the risk-taking or risk-averse decision for each scenario. Results showed that increased perceptions of social value in scenarios and participants predicted greater anxiety and more risky decision making; however, greater anxiety may be due to increased arousal and negative affect more generally. Increased perceptions of social value in scenarios, but not in participants, was better at predicting greater anxiety and more risky decision making in decisions for others than for oneself. Anxious feelings, however, do not appear to mediate the social value-decision making relationship.
subject
Anxiety
Decision Making
Relationships
Risk
Self/Other
Social Value
contributor
Blalock, Daniel Vanhoy (author)
Stone, Eric R (committee chair)
Waugh, Christian E (committee member)
Luther, Vera P (committee member)
date
2011-07-14T20:36:33Z (accessioned)
2011 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
10000-01-01 (liftdate)
embargo
forever (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/33506 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL VALUE ON ANXIETY AND SELF-OTHER DECISION MAKING
type
Thesis

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