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Studies

Austrom et al. (2003): study US 2000

Publication

Author(s):
Austrom, M. G.; Damush, T.M.; Perkins, A. J.
Title:
Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Retired Physicians and Spouses.
Source:
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2003, Vol. 38, 134 - 141

Investigation

Public:
Retired physicians and spouces, USA, 2000
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 678
Non Response:
57%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question

.. Feel about current life in general.. (full text not reported)
9 delighted
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1 no feelings at all

Full text and response options not reported
Classification:
O-DT-c-sq-?-9-a
Author's label:
life satisfactrion
Remarks:
Analysis based on 4 step
4 swlighted
3 pleased
2 mostly satisfied
1 less than mostly satisfied

M = 4; 20%, 3: 36%, 2: 32%, 1: 12%
Page in publication:
135

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Current health Global health rating Health compared to pre-retirement Change in physical health Optimism Optimistic Financial security Satisfaction with financial security Other activities and hobbies Leisure activity level Married Married state (compared to non-married states) Male Sexe: male (vs female) Age Age difference among elderly Retirement history Time since retirement Reasons for retirement Retired for heath reasons
Retired for professional reasons
Retired for personal reasons
Transition after retirement Change in leisure activity-level
Specific life-changes
Voluntary work, helping people
Change in work hours
Change to other job
More time spent with spouse Change in time use More time helping with chores Change in time use
Helping more with household chores
Improved relationship with spouse Change in satisfaction with marriage Improved sexual relationship Change in satisfaction with sex-life Retired Current employment status
Current status: retired or not
Never worked
Attending sports events Change in specific leisure activities
Change in sports watching
Attending performing arts Change in cultural participation