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Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life.

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George, LK
Published in: The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
May 2010

OBJECTIVES. Understanding the factors that promote quality of life in old age has been a staple of social gerontology since its inception and remains a significant theme in aging research. The purpose of this article was to review the state of the science with regard to subjective well-being (SWB) in later life and to identify promising directions for future research.This article is based on a review of literature on SWB in aging, sociological, and psychological journals. Although the materials reviewed date back to the early 1960s, the emphasis is on publications in the past decade.Research to date paints an effective portrait of the epidemiology of SWB in late life and the factors associated with it. Although the research base is large, causal inferences about the determinants of SWB remain problematic. Two recent contributions to the research base are highlighted as emerging issues: studies of secular trends in SWB and cross-national studies. Discussion. The review ends with discussion of priority issues for future research.

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Published In

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

DOI

EISSN

1758-5368

ISSN

1079-5014

Publication Date

May 2010

Volume

65B

Issue

3

Start / End Page

331 / 339

Related Subject Headings

  • Research
  • Quality of Life
  • Humans
  • Happiness
  • Gerontology
  • Aging
  • Aged
  • 52 Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology
 

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George, L. K. (2010). Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65B(3), 331–339. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbq006
George, Linda K. “Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life.The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 65B, no. 3 (May 2010): 331–39. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbq006.
George LK. Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life. The journals of gerontology Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 2010 May;65B(3):331–9.
George, Linda K. “Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life.The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 65B, no. 3, May 2010, pp. 331–39. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbq006.
George LK. Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life. The journals of gerontology Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 2010 May;65B(3):331–339.
Journal cover image

Published In

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

DOI

EISSN

1758-5368

ISSN

1079-5014

Publication Date

May 2010

Volume

65B

Issue

3

Start / End Page

331 / 339

Related Subject Headings

  • Research
  • Quality of Life
  • Humans
  • Happiness
  • Gerontology
  • Aging
  • Aged
  • 52 Psychology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology