Title page for ETD etd-11172012-040037

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
  • Older people
Date of Defense 1987-07-09
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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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