ERIC Number: ED256999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of the Experienced Residential Environment on Old People's Life Satisfaction.
Golant, Stephen M.
Gerontologists have shown particular interest in whether old people's morale or life satisfaction is influenced by the quality of their residential environment. The extent to which older persons' assessments of their lives are influenced by their place of residence was examined through structured interviews with a random sample of 400 persons aged 60 and older, living in a middle class urban community. Subjects completed the Life Satisfaction Index A and measures assessing personality characteristics, demographic variables, socioeconomic status, life stage, activity patterns, and environmental experiences. The results revealed statistically significant direct effects of nine social and physical environment experiences on older people's life satisfaction. In addition, nine individual variables were found to independently influence life satisfaction. The individual differences and environmental experiences together explained nearly half of the statistical variation in the older people's life satisfaction levels. (Five data tables detailing the assessed variables and results are appended). (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Later version of a paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).