First Advisor

Melissa Thompson

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors




Risk-taking (Psychology) -- Social aspects, Friendship in adolescence, Interpersonal relations in adolescence, Risk-taking (Psychology) in adolescence




This study seeks to understand adolescent participation in high risk behaviors and if participation in these behaviors leads to more intimate adolescent friendships. Homophily, the tendency to seek associations with others who are similar to ourselves, and the fear of rejection are both possible causes for the relationship between these variables. Due to a research gap between these two, this study utilizes previous research to construct a survey that can be used to measure and quantify high risk behaviors and friendships.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Psychology and Sociology.

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This survey can be used to measure a possible association between participation in high risk behaviors and the intimacy of adolescent friendships.