English title: Does Life Satisfaction Change with Age? A Comparison of Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden

Author(s): Anu Realo - Henrik Dobewall -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2011

Abstract

In this study, the relationship between age and life satisfaction was examined over a period of 27 years (1982-2009) in four countries — Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Sweden — using nationally representative samples of adults between the ages of 15 and 99 from the European Value Survey, the World Values Survey, and the European Social Survey (total N = 39,420). Unlike in Finland and Sweden, the relationship between age and subjective well-being in Estonia and Latvia was best described as curvilinear, with younger and older people having higher levels of life satisfaction. The observed age differences in life satisfaction in Estonia and Latvia, however, seem to be due to an interaction of cohort and period differences.

Volume: 45

Issue: 3

From page no: 297

To page no: 308

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.JRP.2011.03.004

Journal: journal of Research in Personality