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ERIC Number: ED073889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 19
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Poverty and Life Satisfaction: A Rural-Urban Comparison.
Youmans, E. Grant
Systematic data on the life satisfaction of persons living in a rural county of the Southern Appalachian Region and in a metropolitan center located outside the region were reported. Data were collected by means of structured interviews with 400 persons who comprised probability samples of men and women aged 20 to 29 and 60 and over. Life satisfactions were asessed by presenting each respondent with 72 statements constituting 24 scales on satisfactions with self, satisfactions with the immediate social environment, and satisfactions in general outlook. It was found that satisfactions from urban living were greater among the older than among the younger generation, that the greatest rural-urban disparities were found in satisfactions with immediate social environmental conditions, that rural-urban differences in self-image and general outlook were of less magnitude, that the older persons in both residential areas scored higher in subjective rewards than did the younger people, and that older people revealed greater satisfactions in the category of rewards from immediate social environmental conditions than did the younger people. The commonly observed tendency of older people to adjust to and accept their conditions of life and the tendency of younger persons to be dissatisfied with conditions of life were noted. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.