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Studies

Soumerai & Avorn (1983): study US Massachusetts 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Soumerai, S.B.; Avorn, J.
Title:
Perceived Health, Life Satisfaction, and Activity in Urban Elderly: a Controlled Study of the Impact of Part-Time Work.
Source:
Journal of Gerontology, 1983, Vol. 38, 356 - 362

Investigation

Public:
60+ aged retired participants in a work program and controls,followed 6 months, USA 1981
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability self-selected
Respondents:
N = 54
Non Response:
14,8%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
T1: 1981 T2: the final 6 weeks of the 6-month intervention program

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

"Here you have  ladder of nine rungs representing different conditions of life in which a person may possibly be. The top of the ladder '9' represents the best possible condition one may think of, and the bottom '1'represents the worst possible condition. On which rung do you think you stand with regard to your personal condition?"
9  best possible
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1  worst possible

This question was followed by questions on the past (five years ago) and the future (five years from now).

Name: Cantril ladder rating (adjusted version)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-9-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
358

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Part-time work after retirement Post-retirement job
Activation
Socio-economic treatment
Gardener