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GIVING ADVICE

Decision theory perspectives on sexual assault

Baruch Fischhoff

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND DECISION SCIENCES, DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND PUBLIC POLICY, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Abstract

What entitles us to give general advice? This general question is explored here in the specific context of providing responsible advice to women on how to make decisions about possible ways of reducing their risk of sexual assault. An approach is advanced that is a combination of decision analysis, used to provide a formal characterization of decision situations, and behavioral decision theory, used to provide a descriptive characterization of how people perceive those situations. The approach is illustrated with a set of studies using three ...

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