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Studies

Thompson et al. (1960): study US 1952

Publication

Author(s):
Thompson, W.E.; Kosa, J.; Streib, G.F.
Title:
The Effect of Retirement on Personal Adjustment: A Panel Analysis.
Source:
Journal of Gerontology, 1960, Vol. 15, 165 - 169

Investigation

Public:
60+ aged, employed at start, followed 2 years, USA, 1952-54
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 1559
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview, followed by 2 mailed questionnaires.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 3 questions:

A   All in all, how much happiness would you say you find in life today......?
3  a great deal
2  some but not very much
1  almost none

B  In general, how would you say you feel most of the time, in good spirits or in low spirits.....?
1   I am usually in low spirits
2   I am sometimes in good spirits, sometimes in low spirits
3   I am mostly in good spirits

C   On the whole, how satisfied are you with your way of life today.....?
4  very satisfied
3  fairly satisfied
2  not very satisfied
1  not satisfied at all

Items selected by Guttman scaling.
Classification:
M-AO---mq-v*-10-a
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life
Remarks:
Almost symmetric: 1952: 51% satisfied, 49% dissatisfied, 1954: 43% satisfied, 57% dissatisfied
Break satisfied/dissatisfied not reported
Page in publication:
166
Error estimates:
Reproducibility: +.96, Error ratio : +.55

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Having difficulties in keeping occupied Concern about (un)employment Subjective health Global health rating Economic deprivation Later level of income Recent retirement. Change in retirement status Past happiness. Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Actual changes in happiness
Compulsory retirement. Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)