Findings on happiness in Bell (1975a): study US 1973

Publication
Author(s)Bell, B.D.
TitleThe Limitations of Crisis Theory as an Explanatory Mechanism in Social Gerontology.
SourceInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1975, Vol. 6, 153 - 168
Investigation
PublicMales shortly before and after retirement, USA 1973-74
 T1: pre-retirement, T2 post-retirement
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =111
Non Response21%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksSame study reported in BELL 1974
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: 'On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your way of life today?' 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 very satisfied (labels of response-options 2, 3 and 4 not reported)
ClassificationO-SLL-c-sq-v-5-e
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication158
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Retirementshow  Change in retirement status
Retirementshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago), also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of the communityshow  Change in retirement status
Role set disruption in the area of the communityshow  Change in time-behavior, also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of the communityshow  Change in total social participation, also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of the familyshow  Change in family-life
Role set disruption in the area of the familyshow  Change in retirement status, also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of the familyshow  Change in time-behavior, also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of volutary associationsshow  Change in organizational participation
Role set disruption in the area of volutary associationsshow  Change in retirement status, also classified as above ↑
Role set disruption in the area of volutary associationsshow  Change in time-behavior, also classified as above ↑
Work commitmentshow  Earlier motivation to work