Correlational findings

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

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


Authors's Label
Positive self-concept
Our Classification
Content analysis of interview records by 2 independent judges (component of Life Satisfaction Rating LSR, Neugarten et al 1961)

5-point scale:
5. Feels at his best. Thinks of self as
   wise, mellow; physically able or
   attractive; feels important to
4. Feels more fortunate than the
   average. Is sure he can meet the
   exigencies of life. Compensates well
   for any difficulty of health. Feels
   in control of self in relation to
   the situation.
3. Sees self as competent in at least
   one area, e.g., work; but has doubts
   about self in other areas. Acknow-
   ledges loss of youthful vigor, but
   accepts it. Reports health better
   than average.
2. Feels that other people look down on
   him. Is defensive about what the
   years are doing to him.
1. Feels old. Feels in the way, or
   worthless. Makes self-disparaging

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-RG-h-fi-v-5-a r = +.73 M-FH-c-fi-v-5-a r = +.82