The happy survivor? Effects of differential mortality on life satisfaction in older age.

TitleThe happy survivor? Effects of differential mortality on life satisfaction in older age.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume31
Issue4
Pagination340-5
ISSN0882-7974
Abstract

Older adults report higher psychological well-being than younger adults. Those highest in well-being also have the lowest risk of mortality. If those with lower well-being die earlier, it could affect the appearance of developmental change in well-being. In adults aged 50 and older (N = 4,458), we estimated effects of differential mortality on life satisfaction by imputing life satisfaction, adjusting for attrition due to death, or estimating life satisfaction using pattern-mixture modeling. There was an increase in life satisfaction with age; however, differential mortality affected the elevation of the curve. Observed life satisfaction, particularly above age 70, is affected by differential mortality. (PsycINFO Database Record

URLhttp://content.apa.org/journals/pag/31/4/340
DOI10.1037/pag0000091
Short TitlePsychol Aging
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