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Title: Age and educational track influence adolescent discounting of delayed rewards
Authors: Lee, Nikki
De Groot, Renate
Boschloo, Annemarie
Dekker, Sanne
Krabbendam, Lydia
Jolles, Jelle
Keywords: temporal discounting
educational track
Issue Date: 26-Dec-2013
Publisher: Frontiers in Psychology
Citation: Lee N.C., De Groot R. H. M, Boschloo A., Dekker S., Krabbendam L., & Jolles J. (2013). Age and educational track influence adolescent discounting of delayed rewards. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4, 993. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00993
Series/Report no.: ;doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00993
Abstract: This study examined age-related changes in a specific aspect of adolescent decision- making, namely the preference for future versus immediate outcomes. A sample of 622 Dutch adolescents aged 12–17 years completed a temporal discounting task. Participants were asked to choose between a delayed reward of €50 or an immediate reward of lower value. The delay interval was varied in three blocks (1 week, 1 month, 6 months). Results showed that preferences for large delayed rewards over smaller immediate rewards increased with age: late adolescents made more long-term decisions than early adolescents. This change was related to educational track. In the lower educational track, an age-related decrease in discounting was found for all three delay intervals. In the higher educational track this decrease only occurred for the 6 month delay interval. However, across all delay intervals enrolment in a higher level educational track was associated with an increased preference for long-term rewards. These results suggest that late adolescents are less susceptible than early adolescents to the competing presence of an immediate reward when making long-term decisions, a skill which becomes increasingly important as they transition into adulthood.
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