Volume 19 (2) » Environmental and Biopsychosocial Profiling as a Means for Describing Financial Risk-Taking Behavior
Author: John E. Grable, Sonya L. Britt, and Farrell J. Webb
A conceptual model of personal financial risk-taking behavior is described. The approach incorporated environmental and biopsychosocial factors associated with risk-tolerance attitudes and risk-taking financial management behavior. Findings indicated, similar to the method used to describe socioeconomic status, generalized profiling can be a useful tool to help researchers and policy makers improve understanding of the determinants of risk taking. Level of affluence, as described by a personýs environmental profile, appeared to serve as a protection against circumstances that could lead to negative financial behavior. Risk tolerance, as a precipitating risk factor, was an important determinant of financial risk-taking behavior.