Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Blair, Marilou C. Legazpi URN etd-11172012-040037 Title Subjective well-being among the elderly Degree Master of Science Department Sociology Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Demo, David H. Committee Chair Edwards, John N. Committee Member Hughes, Michael D. Committee Member McAuley, William J. Committee Member Keywords
- Older people
Date of Defense 1987-07-09 Availability restricted Abstract
The main objective of this study is to explain and predict subjective well-being among the elderly as a function of their social location in society and the nature of their social networks. More specifically, the study seeks to answer the following questions: First, how do the elderly perceive their well-being? Second, does social location in society, as defined by income and education, produce different perceptions of well-being? Third, how would interaction and receipt of goods and services in the social support network modify the impact of social location on subjective well-being?
Using the data of the National Survey on the Aged, 1975, conducted by Ethel Shanas, the study utilized a social structure and personality framework. as an approach to the problem. Through multiple regression analyses, the study found that the impact of social locational factors on subjective well-being among the elderly is not mediated by the pattern of social interaction in the social support network. Education was found to be an important correlate of subjective well-being among the elderly.
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