ERIC Number: ED263514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Life Satisfaction in Retirement.
Russell, Ruth V.
Gerontological studies have found that satisfaction with life is greater among those who are still employed. To determine what contributes to a meaningful life when employment is no longer the person's dominant life theme, time-budget instrumentation was used with 130 residents of residential retirement centers in Indiana. Subjects completed measures of perceived freedom, intrinsic motivation, and positive feeling in the individual's daily life. Subjects also responded to a single question on how satisfied they were with their current lives. Life circumstance variables assessed included gender, age, marital status, annual income, self-rated health, religiosity, retirement choice, mobility, leisure activity participation, and leisure satisfaction. The majority of subjects reported being either extremely satisfied (26 percent) or quite satisfied (43 percent) with their current lives. The results indicated that life satisfaction in retirement was greater for persons who reported more perceived freedom, intrinsic motivation, and positive feeling experienced in their daily lives. Other findings revealed that gender, income, and leisure satisfaction were significant correlates of satisfaction with retirement life. Females with higher incomes and with higher levels of satisfaction in their leisure pursuits were the most satisfied with retirement life. Future research should consider the objective circumstances surrounding retirees, retirees' perceptions of themselves and of their circumstances, and the socialization history of each individual. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (38th, New Orleans, LA, November 22-26, 1985).