I’m posting some data from Pat Dade at CDSM (www.cultdyn.co.uk) showing values distributions by age group for the UK population. age groups values distribution uk pop
All age groups have people in all Maslow Groups (Settler, Prospector, pioneer). But you will see that broadly speaking, younger age groups are most skewed to Settler/Prospector (15 – 17), 18 – 21 year olds are more skewed to the Prospector/Pioneer groups, and after that ‘age’ as a correlate/ predictor begins to break down. However you can see that 22 – 35 year olds are strongly skewed to Prospector – which illustrates the importance of being able to deal with this influential demographic (young families, working age etc) in Prospector (Outer Directed) terms.
You can also see that 45 and above there is a larger skew to Pioneer. This is reflected in the age distribution of many ‘ethical’ NGOs.
There are multiple dynamics underlying these distributions, as you are looking at cohort effects (and so far as I know, nobody has large data set longitudinal cohort studies). For example some of the old Settlers (over 55) are the tail end of a segment that used to be much bigger. In the past the older UK population was predominantly Settler – now it is dominated by Pioneers and Settlers because social conditions have changed, enabling more people to make the transition through life Settler> Prospector> Pioneer.
This dynamic is illustrated by the younger age groups and the reasons for it are hinted at in these maps that show the difference between students and non-students in the 18 – 21 group. 18-21 values distributions students and non students uk pop
The non students are more skewed to Prospector, the students more to Pioneer. The very different experiences of these groups in terms of being told/ feeling they are a ‘success’ (beacuse of immersion in the school and university system) may explain this difference.
This in turn suggests that the pronounced differences between Prospectors and Pioneers that these groups (non-student/ student) exhibit are not something they were born with but something they have acquired through life experiences.