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Correlational findings

Study Costa et al. (1981): study US 1958

Public:
17-97 aged males, visitors of the Gerontology Research Centre, followed ± 10 years Baltimore, USA. 1958-70
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 117
Non Response:
Attrition 79% at T3, mostly among psychologically least adjusted
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Filled in during visit at Research Centre.

Correlate

Authors's label
Past contentment
Our Classification
Operationalization
Single closed question: 'How do you feel about what you have accomplished in life: well satisfied, reasonably satisfied or dissatisfied ?'
Assessed at:
- T1 (1958-1963)
- T2 (1964-1969; mean interval 5.3 yr)
- T3 (1969-1975; mean interval 12.6 yr)  

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-A-h-sq-v-3-a r = +.49 T1 by T2 C-A-h-sq-v-3-a r = +.46 T1 by T3