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Correlational findings

Study Thompson et al. (1960): study US 1952

Public:
60+ aged, employed at start, followed 2 years, USA, 1952-54
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1559
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview, followed by 2 mailed questionnaires.

Correlate

Authors's label
Recent retirement.
Our Classification
Operationalization
0 Employed: Both at T1 and T2
1 Retired: Between T1 and T2

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-AO---mq-v*-10-a D% = T1-T2 CHANGE in happiness   happy    unhappy
                            to       to
                            unhappy  happy
Gainfull employed thoughout 34%(550) 22%(532)
Retired                     44%(238) 26%(239)
- willing voluntary         31%(75)  29%(65)
- willing administrative    39%(74)  42%(84)
- reluctant voluntary       64%(22)  26%(23)
- reluctant administrative  57%(67)  19%(67)
M-AO---mq-v*-10-a OR = 1,04 ns No more change in happiness among retired

Unaffected by
- voluntary vs compulsory retirement.
- economic deprivation