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Studies

Ritter et al. (1999): study US 1998

Publication

Author(s):
Ritter, M.A.; Austrom, M. G.; Zhou, H.
Title:
Current Concepts Review: Retirement from Orthopaedic Surgery.
Source:
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1999, Vol. 81, 414 - 418

Investigation

Public:
Retired orthopaedic surgeons, United States, 1998
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 1293
Non Response:
45%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
The Academy sent out the Questionnaires

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taking everything into account about what has happened in ther last year and what you expect in the near future, how do you feel about your life in general?
7  delighted
6  pleased
5  mostly satisfied
4  equally satisfied as dissatisfied
3  mostly dissatisfied
2  unhappy
1  terrible
-   no feelings at all
-   never thought about it
Classification:
O-DT-c-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
1+2+3: 4%, 4: 6%, 5: 24%, 6: 34%, 7: 32%.
Page in publication:
414

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Excellent health health at present time Self-perceived health Better relationship with spouse since retirement Change in satisfaction with marriage Better health now than before retirement Change in physical health Increase in travel or vacation activity since retirement Activities in retirement
Change in leisure activity-level
Personal or family reasons for retirement as opposed to health Conditions of retirement
Pre-retirement conditions