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Correlational findings

Study Neugarten et al. (1961): study US 1955

Public:
50+ aged, whites followed 2,5 years, Kansas City, USA., 196?
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 177
Non Response:
Panel group: 16% refusal; 26% dropout after 4 interviews. Quasi panel: 17% dr.
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
4 interviews in a period of two and a half years.

Correlate

Authors's label
Resolution and fortitude
Our Classification
Operationalization
Content analysis of interview records by 2 independent judges (component of the Life Satisfaction Rating. LSR, Neugarten et al 1961).

5-point scale:
5. Try and try again attitude. Active
   personal responsibility, takes the
   bad and the good and makes the most
   of it.
4. Can take life as it comes. Has no
   complaint of the way life has    treated him. Assumes responsibility
   readily.
3. Has ups and downs. Shows a trace of
   extra-punitiveness or intropunitive-
   ness concerning his difficulties in
   life.
2. Feels he hasn't done better because
   he has not gotten the breaks. Has
   worked hard but feels he never got
   anywhere.
1. Talks of hard knocks which he has    not mastered (extrapunitive). Blames
   self a great deal (intropunitive).
   Feels helpless; overwhelmed by    life.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-RG-h-fi-v-5-a r = +.70 M-FH-c-fi-v-5-a r = +.48