Happiness and social participation in aging.


This paper reports on a 4-year longitudinal study of 60 elderly women. Data about their happiness and social activities were collected using the Affect Balance Scale and nine measures of socially relevant activities, including three measures of media use, three of interpersonal interaction, and three of activities in voluntary associations. Direct relationships between happiness and social activity among elderly people were found in analysis of these data. This finding was not spurious according to longitudinal data: activity increments were associated with happiness and decrements with unhappiness. Although these findings describe the over-all picture, changes in activities may be more important to happiness among the most elderly persons interviewed than others.

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@article{Graney1975HappinessAS, title={Happiness and social participation in aging.}, author={Marshall J Graney}, journal={Journal of gerontology}, year={1975}, volume={30 6}, pages={701-6} }