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Changes in life satisfaction over a two and a half year period among very elderly people living in London


  • Bowling, Ann
  • Farquhar, Morag
  • Grundy, Emily
  • Formby, Juliet


Research evidence concerning the contributions of social networks and support to the subjective wellbeing (i.e. life satisfaction) of older persons is not consistent. This paper reports the results of an investigation of the effects life satisfaction at baseline, social network type and health status, on life satisfaction at follow-up at two and a half years later among people ages 85 + living in the East end of London. The percentage of the total variation in overall life satisfaction which was wxplained by the model was 47%. Baseline life satisfaction score explained most of this (43%), and the remaining variation was explained largely by functional status and age. Previous analyses of baseline life satisfaction reported that health and functional status had accounted for most of the variation between groups, far more than social network and support variables.

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  • Bowling, Ann & Farquhar, Morag & Grundy, Emily & Formby, Juliet, 1993. "Changes in life satisfaction over a two and a half year period among very elderly people living in London," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 641-655, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:36:y:1993:i:5:p:641-655

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    1. Gill Windle & Robert Woods & David Markland, 2010. "Living with Ill-Health in Older Age: The Role of a Resilient Personality," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 11(6), pages 763-777, December.
    2. Cristina Dumitrache & Gill Windle & Ramona Rubio Herrera, 2015. "Do Social Resources Explain the Relationship Between Optimism and Life Satisfaction in Community-Dwelling Older People? Testing a Multiple Mediation Model," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 633-654, June.
    3. Maria-Eugenia Prieto-Flores & Antonio Moreno-Jiménez & Gloria Fernandez-Mayoralas & Fermina Rojo-Perez & Maria Forjaz, 2012. "The Relative Contribution of Health Status and Quality of Life Domains in Subjective Health in Old Age," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 106(1), pages 27-39, March.


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