Age differences in social comparison tendency and personal relative deprivation

Mitchell J. Callan, Hyunji Kim, William J. Matthews

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We examined age-related differences in social comparison orientation and personal relative deprivation (PRD). In Study 1, participants (N= 1290) reported their tendencies to engage in social comparisons and PRD. Older adults reported lower levels of social comparison tendency and PRD, and social comparison tendency mediated the relation between age and PRD. The findings reported in Study 1 were replicated in Study 2 using a sample of participants between the ages of 18 to 30 (n= 180) and 60 + years old (n= 176). Our findings provide evidence that older adults report lower levels of social comparison tendency that, in turn, relate to lower levels of PRD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-199
Number of pages4
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Early online date25 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Aging
  • Personal relative deprivation
  • Social comparison
  • Social comparison orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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