Findings on happiness in Gerstorf et al. (2015): study DE Berlin 1993

Author(s)Gerstorf, D.; Drewelies, J.; Hulur, G.
TitleSecular Changes in Late-life Cognition and Well-being: Towards a Long Bright Future with a Short Brisk Ending?
SourceSOEP Paper, 2015, No. 738, 1 - 32, Berlin, Germany
PublicElderly, Berlin Germany cohorts 1990-93 and 2013-14
 Residents from former West-Berlin in 1990-1993 (First Cohort) and from metropolitan Berlin in 2013-2014 (second cohort). The Mean age of both cohorts is about 75.
Collect period1990-1993
Last assesment2014
Last collect period2013-2014
Survey nameDE-Berlin Aging Study
 Berlin Aging Study. Two cohorts are compared. Berlin Aging Study BASE (1990-1993)_ and Berlin Aging Study BASE II (2013-2014)
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Case-matched control design by means of propensity scoring
Respondents N =161
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 The cohort of 1990-1993 assessment was done by face-to- face sessions. The cohort of 2013-2014 assessment was done by a take-home questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 8 questions: Lead item not reported. A nervous B distressed C jittery D upset E active F determined G inspired H attentive Rated: 1: not at all . . 5 a lot Computation: (E+F+G+H)/4 -(A+B_C+D)/4
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication8
RemarksM = Cohort 1: +0.73, Cohort 2: +1.39 Average computed by WDH team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -4 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Cohortshow  Generation
Cohortshow  Trend happiness in age groups, also classified as above ↑