Public attitudes towards human life extension by intervening in ageing

Partridge, Brad, Lucke, Jayne, Bartlett, Helen and Hall, Wayne (2011) Public attitudes towards human life extension by intervening in ageing. Journal of Aging Studies, 25 2: 73-83. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2010.08.012

Author Partridge, Brad
Lucke, Jayne
Bartlett, Helen
Hall, Wayne
Title Public attitudes towards human life extension by intervening in ageing
Journal name Journal of Aging Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-4065
Publication date 2011-04-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jaging.2010.08.012
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 73
End page 83
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract A number of biogerontologists have expressed an interest in intervening in the ageing process in order to extend the human life span. This study explored the attitudes of members of the Australian public towards the potential development and use of life-extension technologies and their attitudes towards the ethical, social and personal implications of life extension. Participants were presented with a vignette outlining the prospect of a "life-extension pharmaceutical" that could increase maximum life span by slowing the ageing process. While 65% supported such research, only 35% said that they would use a life-extension technology if one became available. Men were more supportive of research and more disposed to use life-extension technologies than women. Concerns about the potential ethical, social and personal implications predicted levels of overall support for, and intention to use, life-extension technologies. Our survey suggests that public attitudes towards life extension are neither overwhelmingly "pro" or "con" and in fact more nuanced than either proponents or opponents of life extension have often assumed.
Keyword Prudential concern
Extended lives
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 9 September 2010

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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