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ERIC Number: ED141707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
Life Satisfaction Among Black Elderly in the Inner City.
Golden, Herbert M.
This study is concerned with descriptive characteristics of 575 black elderly born in the West Indies (WI), the South (S) and the North (N), age 60 and older, living in the poverty areas of New York City. The sample is part of a larger replicated probability sample of 1552 elderly in a primary study undertaken by the New York City Department for the Aging. The most significant finding was evidence of heterogeneity, observed not only in the comparisons between nativity groups but also between subgroupings within each nativity group. Differences and similarities were noted in the variables which had significantly strong impact on the criterion-life satisfaction, as revealed by multiple regression analyses. For the N sub-group, three variables accounted for 40% of the total explained variance of life satisfaction (lack of worry, acquiescence and subjective environment). Among the S, subjective environment and personal efficacy (locus of control) accounted for 26% of the explained variance, and for WI, a health index variable contributed 20% of the explained variance. Findings demonstrate that place of birth, as a major independent variable, provides a functional approach toward gaining greater insight into the life styles and coping patterns of black elderly. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October 1976)