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Studies

Hershey & Henkens (2013): study NL 2001

Publication

Author(s):
Hershey, D.A.; Henkens, K.
Title:
Impact of Different Types of Retirement Transitions on Perceived Satisfaction with Life.
Source:
The Gerontologist, 2013, Vol. 54, 232 - 244

Investigation

Public:
50+ aged, employed, Netherlands, followed 6 years, 2001-2007
Survey name:
NL-NIDI work and retirement panel
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 1388
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
A questionnaire was sent by mailed.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on 3 questions:

Lead question not  reported
A  I most ways my life is close to ideal
B  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
C  The conditions of my life are excellent

Answers rated:
5  totally agree
4
3
2
1  totally disagree

Computation: (A+B+C)/3

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), last year format
Classification:
M-CO-u-mq-v-5-b
Author's label:
Satisfaction (SWL2)
Page in publication:
237
Error estimates:
Cronbach alpha: T1: .71; T2 .74
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.64 -
SD:
0.62 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marital status Earlier marital states
Ever divorced/separated
Ever widowed
Never married before
Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Age Age difference among elderly Education Years schooling Supervisor Earlier socio-economic status
Earlier management level
Self-rated health Global health self-rating Wealth Total wealth Percived pension shortfall Perceived sufficiency of pension Health change Deterioration of health, falling ill
Later relative health
Improvement of health
Marital status change Recent change in marital status
Later marriage
Retirement path Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)
Retired for heath reasons
Retired for professional reasons
Life satisfaction Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)