Time Discounting and Risky Health Behaviors

Marianna Klochko
Associate Professor of Sociology
The Ohio State University at Marion


The primary focus of Klochko's research involves examining individuals' time discount rates and how they influence a variety of behavioral phenomena, notably deviant behavior: corruption, cooperation, drug addiction, criminal rehabilitation, and gang participation.

Time discounting refers to how an individual perceives the future: whether someone is oriented toward immediate gratification or placing high value on future rewards.

Klochko is exploring data collected by National Institutes of Health (NIH) that studies health related behaviors of adolescents. It is the largest, most comprehensive survey of adolescents. This research project concentrates on how perceptions of the future (time discounting) impact individual risky health behaviors, including unprotected sex, drug and alcohol use.