Trajectories and covariates of life satisfaction among older adults in Taiwan

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Abstract

The goals of this study were to identify different life satisfaction trajectory groups among the Taiwanese elderly and to explore the relationships between life satisfaction and time-varying physical, mental, social, health, and economic variables. The data used herein were from five waves of a longitudinal study conducted from 1993 to 2007. Those who completed at least three waves were included in the analysis, for a total of 2584 participants. A group-based trajectory model was used to analyze the data. Time-constant variables and time-varying covariates were used as the moderators of changes in life satisfaction trajectories. Four life satisfaction trajectories were identified: low (21.8%), middle (39.7%), increasing (25.9%), and high-declining (12.5%). Having more education and better physical and psychological health, social support, and economic satisfaction were predictors of a higher life satisfaction trajectory, and maintaining good physical and emotional health, having a spouse, and having better economic satisfaction were associated with an increase in life satisfaction over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-216
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Group-based trajectory analysis
  • Life satisfaction
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Successful aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Trajectories and covariates of life satisfaction among older adults in Taiwan. / Hsu, Hui Chuan.

In: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol. 55, No. 1, 01.07.2012, p. 210-216.

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