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DeGroof & Elchardus (2003): study BE Flanders 2002

Publication

Author(s):
DeGroof, S.; Elchardus, M.
Title:
Onderzoek naar de Effecten van Langdurige Pensionering. Deelrapport 1: Welzijn. (Investigation to the Effects of Long-Term Retirement. Section 1: Welfare).
Source:
Free University Brussels, Research Group TOR, Report 2003/13, Brussels, Belgium

Investigation

Public:
75 aged, Flanders, 2002
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 1460
Non Response:
40%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taking all together and comparing with your happiest and unhappiest periods in life, how are you doing?
Answers rated on a graph:
-5  |  unhappiest period
-4  |
-3  |
-2  |
-1  |
0  | -----------|-----------------|------------------|-----------------|                     
+1 |            T1            T2               T3             T4
+2 |
+3 |
+4 |
+5 | happiest period

T1:  Before retirement
T2:  At the moment of retirement
T3:  A years after retirement
T4:  the last two weeks

Name: ACSA (Anamnestic Comparative Self Assessment)
Retrospections and current assessment plotted in a time graph. Only recent rating taken as happiness
Classification:
O-BW-c-sq-lg-11-b
Author's label:
Subjective Wellbeing
Page in publication:
4, 13
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.6%,   2: 0.6%,   3: 3.3%,   4: 5.1%,   5: 9.6%,   6: 5.8%,   7: 6.3%,   8: 34.1%,   9: 19.9%,   10: 6.6%,   11: 8.1%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.66 6.66
SD:
2.09 2.09

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Well-being assessed by LSI Adjustment to old-age inventories Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Years since (early) retirement Time since retirement