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Studies

Goudy & Goudeau (1981): study US 1975

Publication

Author(s):
Goudy, W.J.; Goudeau, J.F.
Title:
Social Ties and Life Satisfaction of Older Persons: Another Evaluation.
Source:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 1981, Vol. 4, 35 - 50

Investigation

Public:
50+ aged, general public, North-Central Iowa, USA, 1975
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2321
Non Response:
11.3%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking everything into consideration, how satisfied are you with life in  general at the present time? Would you say you are.....?
5   extremely satisfied
4   very satisfied
3   fairly satisfied
2   slightly satisfied
1   not satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-d
Author's label:
Life satisfaction

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Age difference among elderly Income Current income level (unspecified) Education Level of school-education Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Relatives in community Social contacts in vinicity
Contacts with relatives
Friends in community Social contacts in vinicity
Friends in community
Local people known Social contacts in vinicity Organizational membership Membership of voluntary organizations Community attachement Attitude to vinicity Quality of life Summed life aspect evaluations (semantic differential scales) Social ties Current total social participation Demographic characteristics Socio-demographic factors only