The effects of residential mobility on decision making

Zeying GUO

Research output: ThesisBachelor's Theses


Previous research had found a positive correlation between residential mobility and anxiety levels. Also, many findings indicated that anxiety levels could influence people's decision-making. The current study discussed how anxiety level as a mediator affected the relationship between residential mobility and risk aversion. A total of 154 participants were randomly assigned to one of the conditions of residential mobility (stable vs. mobile) to self-report and finish questionnaires on an anxiety scale, the balloon simulation risk task, and a domain-specific risk-taking scale. The results show that residential mobility and anxiety are always positively correlated, while anxiety and risk-seeking are positively correlated only when self-reported risk-taking is used as the dependent variable. When conducting further analyses, it was found that anxiety can partially mediate the relationship between the two when personal residential mobility history is used as an independent variable and self-reported risk-taking is used as a dependent variable. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)
Awarding Institution
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • LI, Man Wai, Liman 李敏維, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Residential mobility
  • Decision making
  • Anxiety
  • Risk-taking
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (BSocSc(Psy))--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2022.


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