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Studies

Oshio (2011): study JP 2007

Publication

Author(s):
Oshio, T.
Title:
Gender Differences among Elderly Japanese: Importance of Family and Social Relations for Life Satisfaction.
Source:
RIETI Discussion Paper Series 11-E-051, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, JAA, (RIETI), Hitotsubashi University, 2011, Japan

Investigation

Public:
50-75 aged, Japan, 2007
Survey name:
JP-JSTAR
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 3063
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple methods
The respondents were asked to fill in the leave-behind questionnaire and nterviewed on a later day.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Generally speaking, are you satisfied with your life or not?
4  satisfied
3  somewhat satisfied
2  somewhat dissatisfied
1  dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-ac
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
Original four point scale for life satisfaction was adapted to three point scale by combining the lowest two categories into one.
Originally coded 1: satisfied 4: dissatisfied. This order was reversed in the analysis
Page in publication:
10
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 20%,   3: 50%,   4: 30%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.10 6.98
SD:
0.70 1.94

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marital status (reference=married) Married vs never married
Married vs widowed
Married vs divorced
Co-residence with children Living with children Frequency of contact with children Current contacts Co-residence with parents and parents-in-law Contacts with relatives
Living with parents
Frequency of contact with parents and parents -in-law Contacts with relatives Provision of nursing care to parents and parents-in-law Practical Number of friends Number of friends/acquaintances Number of social activities Current total social participation General trust in people Trust in local society