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Studies

DeVaus et al. (2007): study AU 1998

Publication

Author(s):
DeVaus, D.; Kendig, H.L.; Wells, Y.D.
Title:
Does Gradual Retirement have Better Outcomes than Abrupt Retirement? Results from an Australian Panel Study.
Source:
Ageing and Society, 2007. Vol. 27, 667 - 682

Investigation

Public:
50+ aged Australia, followed 3 years before and after retirement, 1998-2002
Survey name:
AU-HRP 1998-2002
Sample:
Non-probability purposive-quota sample
Respondents:
N = 358
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple assesment methods
T1 self-completed questionanaire:paper T2 to T5 telephone interviews.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....?
7  completely satisfied
6
5
4  neutral
3
2
1  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
671
Full text:
self report on 10 questions

How often have you felt this way during this past week?
A  Happy
B  Interested
C  Energetic
D  Content
E  Warm-hearted
F  Sad
G  Annoyed
H  Worried
I   Irritated
J  Depressed

Rated:
1  never
2  rarely
3  sometimes
4  frequently
5  very frequently

Computation: (A+B+C+D+E) - (F+G+H+I+J)

Name: Philadelphia Geriatric Center Affect Scales (Lawton 1992)
Classification:
A-AB-cw-mq-v-5-f
Author's label:
Lawton positive and negative affect
Page in publication:
671

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Retirement pathway Sudden retirement (vs gradual) Self-control of retirement Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)
Planned retirement (vs unexpected)