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Correlational findings

Study Baker et al. (2005): study US 1986

Public:
60+ aged, USA, followed 3 years 1986-1989
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1279
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Earlier life satisfaction
Our Classification
Operationalization
Selfreport on single question:
We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....?
7  completely satisfied
6
5
4  neutral
3
2
1  completely dissatisfied

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a b = +.56 p < .001 T1 happiness by T2 happiness (3 year lag)
B (+.556) controlled for:
- Demographic variables
   - age
   - gender
   - education
   - race
   - marital status
- T1 health
- T1 kind of activities
   - physical activity
   - social activities
   - religious participation
- T1 social support network
- T1 participation in voluntary organization