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Risk-taking differences across the adult life span: A question of age and domain

Rolison, JJ and Hanoch, Y and Wood, S and Liu, PJ (2014) 'Risk-taking differences across the adult life span: A question of age and domain.' Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69 (6). 870 - 880. ISSN 1079-5014

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© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved. Background. Older adults face important risky decisions about their health, their financial future, and their social environment. We examine age differences in risk-taking behaviors in multiple risk domains across the adult life span.Method s. A cross-sectional study was conducted in which 528 participants from 18 to 93 years of age completed the Domain-Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT) scale, a survey measuring risk taking in 5 different domains.Results. Our findings reveal that risk-taking tendencies in the financial domain reduce steeply in older age (at least for men). Risk taking in the social domain instead increases slightly from young to middle age, before reducing sharply in later life, whereas recreational risk taking reduces more steeply from young to middle age than in later life. Ethical and health risk taking reduce relatively smoothly with age. Our findings also reveal gender differences in risk taking with age. Financial risk taking reduced steeply in later life for men but not for women, and risk taking in the social domain reduced more sharply for women than for men.Discussion. We discuss possible underlying causes of the domain-specific nature of risk taking and age.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 14:54
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:18

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