Findings on happiness in Lowenthal & Boler (1965): study US 1962

Publication
Author(s)Lowenthal, M.F.; Boler, D.
TitleVoluntary vs. Involuntary Social Withdrawal.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1965, Vol. 20, 363 - 371
Investigation
Public60+aged, San Francisco, USA, 1962
Survey nameNot available
 Data from T2 of a longitudinal study (T1: 1961, T2: 1962, T3: 1964)
SampleNot available
 Probability sample stratified by sex, age and social living arrangement. survivers from the Lowenthal (1964) sample age 60+
Respondents N =269
Non Response55%, 22% refusals, 9% deaths, 22% unattainable
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 using open questions during 3 days
General remarksSame study also reported in CHIRI 1977, 1982 and PIERC 1973
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All in all, how much happiness do you find in life today....? 1 almost none 2 some but not very much 3 a good deal
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-bc
Author's labelMorale
Remarks6,8% none
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your way of life today? Would you say you are........? 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied
ClassificationO-SLL-c-sq-v-4-c
Author's labelMorale
Page in publication367
Remarks24% not very happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question : "In general, how would you say you feel most of the time, in good spirits or in low spirits....?" 1 low 2 both 3 good
ClassificationA-AOL-g-sq-v-3-b
Author's labelMorale
Page in publication367
Remarks9,1% sometimes or usually low
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
DeprivationR11abCurrent resources
DeprivationS15ab03Socio-demographic + health, also classified as above ↑
DeprivationL06ab01bSummed life-events: equal weight, also classified as above ↑
Social withdrawalS08aa02Change in total social participation