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Studies

Wells et al. (2009): study AU 1998

Publication

Author(s):
Wells, Y.D.; DeVaus, D; Kendig, H.; Quine, S
Title:
Health and Wellbeing through Work and Retirement Transitions in Mature Age: Understanding Pre-Post and Retrospective Measures of Change
Source:
International Journal of aging and Human Development, 2009, Vol.69, 287-310

Investigation

Public
48-73 aged, followed 3 years before and after retirement, Australia, 1998-2002
Survey name
AU-HRP 1998-2002
Sample
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents
N =
Non Response
Assessment
Multiple assesment methods
T0: self-completed questionanaire:paper T1-T3: telephone interviews.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

I feel happy
1  almost never
2
3
4
5  most of the time

Labels of response options 2, 3 and 4 not reported

Item in EPOCH wellbeing scale (Kern et al 2015)
Classification:
M-TH-?-sq-v-5-b
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Two measure type of CHANGE on happiness.
- Retrospective
- Pre-Post
Four time interval.
T0-T1: 1998/99-2000 (1 year)
T1-T2: 2000-2001(1 year)
T2-T3: 2001-2002 (1 year)
T0-T3:1998/99-2002 (3 year)
Page in publication:
293

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Retrospective change of happiness over retirement Retrospective changes in happiness (unspecified)
Recent change
Long term change
Retrospective change in happiness after retirement
Difference between retrospective and actually experienced happiness
Congruence of retrospective and actual change in happiness after retirement
Initial happiness Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Change happiness following events