Correlational findings

Study Richardson & Kilty (1991): study US Ohio 1986

Reterees Ohio USA, followed 1 year, 1986-1987
Survey name:
Unnamed study
N = 222
Non Response:
Multiple assesment methods
Mail and telphone interview


Authors's Label
Miss work
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Reliability: alpha coefficient=0 .66 at T2, 0.74 at T3
T1: Pre-retirement T2: Retired: 6 months later T3: Retired:12 months later adapted from a scale from Streib and Schneider Asessed at T2 and T3 T1: Pre-retirement T2: Six-months after T1 T3: Twelve-months after T1
Related specification variables
Selfreport on 4 questions:
A:  How often do you miss being with other people at work?
B: How often do you miss the feeling of doing a good job?
C: How often do you feel that you want to go backto work?
D; How often do you worry about not having a job?

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-Sum-c-mq-v-3-a dc = - s T1-T2 CHANGE of happiness by T2 missed work O-Sum-c-mq-v-3-a dc = - ns T1-T2 CHANGE in happiness by T3 missed work

dc controlled for
- gender
- age
- married
- education
- occupational status
- health
- income at T2, change income after retirement
- work seen as meaningful after retirement

Only among retirees who had become less happy. No correlation among retirees who had become happier or had stayed equally happy