Findings on happiness in Parker et al. (1992): study SE 1986

Author(s)Parker, M.G.; Nordström, M.L.; Thorslund, M.
TitlePredictors of Mortality for the Oldest Old. A 4-Year Follow-Up of Community-Based Elderly in Sweden.
SourceArchives of Gerontology and Geriatics, 1992, Vol. 14, 227 - 237
Public75+ aged, rural community, Sweden, followed 4 years, 1986-1990
 Eldery residents of Tierp, rural area mid-east Sweden with 22% of the population older than 65
Last assesment1990
 T1: 1986, T2: 1990
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Random sample in age categories 75-84 and 85+ aged
Respondents N =421
Non Response4%
 6% among 75-84 aged, 3% among 85+ aged
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 By district nurse from another area
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How happy are you with life in general? 5 very happy 4 fairly happy 3 so-so 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication230
Remarksvery happy 46%, fairly happy 40%, so-so or unhappy 13% for age 75+
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Survivalshow  Longevity (assessed in follow up)