Analysis concerning the cognitive characteristics of the Japanese elderly estimated victims of wired fraud by taxometric method

[Speaker] Watanabe, Satoshi:1
1:Akita Prefectural University (Japan)

We conducted a survey about the cognitive functions of the elderly people to determine the characteristics of the wired fraud victims. The surveyed are 200 elderly people living in Akita prefecture. The surveyed items included: demographics, the amount of money free to use in a month, self-efficacy, QOL, future time perspectives, and decision making strategy. They also included two groups of items concerning vulnerability to fraud. One group of vulnerability items were used only when we separate the group of high vulnerability by taxometric method and the other group of items were used to test the validity of the separated group. We attained 7 cases where highly vulnerable groups, which are estimated to suffer from the damage of wired fraud, were separated and determined their cognitive characteristics. It was revealed their average age is higher and they use more heuristic decision strategies than the members of the low vulnerable group.
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