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Correlational findings

Study Ritter et al. (1999): study US 1998

Public:
Retired orthopaedic surgeons, United States, 1998
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1293
Non Response:
45%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
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Correlate

Authors's label
Better health now than before retirement
Our Classification
Distribution
1 + 2: 22%, 3: 58%, 4: 16%, 5: 5%.
Operationalization
Selfreport on single question about better healtj now than before retirement, full text not reported
1: much worse
2: worse
3: about the same
4: better
5: much better

recoded
1: better (4+5)
0: not better (3+2+1)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-c-sq-v-7-a OR = 1.57 p < .0019 CI95: [1.183-2.10]
OR controlled for
- Excellent health at present time
- Better relationship with spouse since retirement
- Increase in travel or vacation activity
- Personal or family reasons for retirement as opposed to health reasons