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Life satisfaction in persons of the third age after retirement.
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PMID:  22053539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The aim of this research was to determine the role of gender, type of residence, living arrangement, self-rated health status, loneliness, and sense of humor in self-reported life satisfaction in elderly retirees. The study included 300 elderly retirees from Zagreb, Croatia. Demographic data were collected with a structured questionnaire, whereas data on self-reported health status, loneliness, and sense of humor were collected with the UCLA Loneliness Scale, Life Satisfaction Index, HOPA-86, and SF-36 Health Survey. Participants living in a retirement home showed higher life satisfaction than those who lived in their own households. Those who had children showed greater life satisfaction No differences in life satisfaction were found with respect to gender, marital status, or living arrangement. The investigated demographic variables, self-rated health status, self-rated loneliness, and a sense of humor explained 52.8% of variance in life satisfaction. An active sense of humor was the most significant predictor. Living in a retirement home, having children, and having an active sense of humor had a positive influence on self-reported life satisfaction, whereas poorer self-rated health and loneliness had a negative influence. Taking into account the predictors of life satisfaction in preventive activities may contribute to successful aging.
Authors:
Lovorka Brajković; Rudolf Gregurek; Zorana Kusević; Ana Strahinja Ratković; Marijana Bras; Veljko Dordević
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Collegium antropologicum     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0350-6134     ISO Abbreviation:  Coll Antropol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003354     Medline TA:  Coll Antropol     Country:  Croatia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  665-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Clinic of Psychological Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia. lovorka.brajkovic@yahoo.com
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