People over forty feel 20% younger than their age: subjective age across the lifespan.

Journal Article

Subjective age--the age people think of themselves asbeing--is measured in a representative Danish sample of 1,470 adults between 20 and 97 years of age through personal, in-home interviews. On the average, adults younger than 25 have older subjective ages, and those older than 25 have younger subjective ages, favoring a lifespan-developmental view over an age-denial view of subjective age. When the discrepancy between subjective and chronological age is calculated as a proportion of chronological age, no increase is seen after age 40; older respondents feel 20% younger than their actual age. Demographic variables (gender, income, and education) account for very little variance in subjective age.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Berntsen, D; Rubin, DC

Published Date

  • October 2006

PubMed ID

  • 17328372

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17328372