Findings on happiness in Peretti & Wilson (1975): study US 1973

Author(s)Peretti, P.O.; Wilson, C.
TitleVoluntary and Involuntary Retirement of Aged Males and Their Effect on Emotional Satisfaction, Usefulness, Self-Image, Emotional Stability and Interpersonal Relationships.
SourceInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1975, Vol. 6, 38 - 51
Public60-70 aged living in a retirement home, USA, 197?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive quota sample of retired males from a retirement hotel for the aged. 70 Ss were involved in voluntary and 70 in involuntary retirement. Ss were matched on years of retirement, age, nature of retirement, occupational classification and length of stay at the establishment. age 60-70; retired 2 to 3 years ago from (semi-) skilled occupations; physically and mentally healthy.
Respondents N =140
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 First questionaire and later also a face-to-face interview, both in the lounge of the residence
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 7 questions: Questions are indicative for contentment, good spirits, happiness and satisfaction with present status or condition. (Full items not reported) Response options: no = 1 yes = 2 Summation: On basis of these questions Ss were dichotomized in; b emotionally satisfied a not emotionally satisfied.
Author's labelEmotional satisfaction.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Voluntary retirementR14ae02Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)