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The neglected contributions of self-efficacy to older adults’ financial capacity

Hassam Waheed (Derby Business School, University of Derby, Derby, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 15 September 2021

Issue publication date: 11 October 2021




An ageing population comes with its own set of challenges such as impaired financial capacity and resultant dependency on others to manage financial affairs. Dependency, in turn, as the evidence suggests, creates opportunities for financial exploitation of older adults. Related studies have primarily examined the clinical features and correlates of financial capacity or have attempted to develop its multidimensional measures. Both of which do little to resolve issues associated with impaired financial capacity. This paper aims to make a case for future researchers to assess older adults’ financial capacity from a non-clinical aspect.


Drawing on the notion of self-efficacy, as encapsulated within the social cognitive theory, this paper presents evidence from a host of different domains to demonstrate the potential contributions of self-efficacy to older adults’ financial capacity.


The contributions of self-efficacy in preserving older adults’ financial capacity appear to be much more profound than is currently acknowledged in the literature, thereby overlooking potentially promising and cost-effective interventions for autonomous ageing.


This paper presents a novel application of self-efficacy to autonomous ageing. Within this context, potential routes to the deployment of self-efficacy-based interventions are also discussed.



Waheed, H. (2021), "The neglected contributions of self-efficacy to older adults’ financial capacity", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 106-113.



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