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Psychol Aging. 2008 Sep;23(3):671-5. doi: 10.1037/a0012772.

Older adults prefer less choice than young adults.

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  • 1Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. aer28@cornell.edu

Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that older adults prefer less autonomy and seek less information when making decisions on their own relative to young adults (for a review, see M. Mather, 2006). Would older adults also prefer fewer options from which to choose? The authors tested this hypothesis in the context of different decision domains. Participants completed a choice preferences survey in which they indicated their desired number of choices across 6 domains of health care and everyday decisions. The hypothesis was confirmed across all decision domains. The authors discuss implications from these results as they relate to theories of aging and health care policy.

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18808256
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PMC2631411
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10.1037/a0012772
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