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Correlational findings

Study Pitkälä et al. (2004): study FI 1989

Public:
75-85 aged, Helsinki, Finland followed 1989-1999, ( T1 1989, T2 1994, T3 1999)
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 491
Non Response:
18%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Also postal questionnaire and clininal examination.

Correlate

Authors's label
Moved to institutional care
Our Classification
Operationalization
0. Still iving on their own at T2
1. Went to care home between T1 and T2

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-md-sq-v-2-b OR = ns OR controled for:
- age
- gender
- T1 health (comprehensive measure)

This happiness item is part of an index of 'positive life orientation', which also involved questions on: feeling needed, having plans for the future, having zest in life, seldom feeling depressed and seldom feeling lonely (all coded yes/no)
High scores on that index at T1 (all items yes) go with a lower chance of being in instititional care at T2 (OR = 0.58), but not at T3.  
Split up of T2 difference shows that the holds for all items separately, but not for this question on life satisfaction.