ERIC Number: ED301809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Life, Health and Life Satisfaction in Middletown, U.S.A.
Morris, David C.
The area of subjective well-being has been and continues to be of interest to gerontologists. This study examined life satisfaction of older adults within the milieu of a classic, sociological community setting, Middletown, U.S.A. Data were gathered from 400 telephone interviews with respondents who were 60 years or older in the Muncie/Delaware County, Indiana area. Life satisfaction, measured as contact with confidant, loneliness, subjective health status, and subjective satisfaction with income were assessed. In the main, the older adult respondents appeared to have high levels of contact and interaction. They seemed to be rather satisfied with life in the present, and with life now as compared to the past, as well as with their income. Levels of loneliness tended to be on the low side. Those who were satisfied with life now as compared to the past tended to be married and in better health. Those who were less lonely tended to be more satisfied with life now than in the past, married, in better health, and to have sufficient contact with a confidant. Those who had sufficient contact with a confidant tended to be married and in better health. Those who were more satisfied with their incomes tended to be in better health. Income satisfaction was related to being married. Overall, it seemed that the role of subjective health status, lack of loneliness, contact with a confidant, satisfaction with income and satisfaction with life now as compared to the past were directly related to life satisfaction. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Forum on Research in Aging (5th, Lincoln, NE, September 21-22, 1988).