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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.3 September 2011. -

The aim of this research was to determine the role of gender, type of residence, living arrangement, self-rated health

status, loneliness, and sense of humor in self-reported life satisfaction in elderly retirees. The study included 300 elderly

retirees from Zagreb, Croatia. Demographic data were collected with a structured questionnaire, whereas data on self-reported

health status, loneliness, and sense of humor were collected with the UCLA Loneliness Scale, Life Satisfaction Index,

HOPA-86, and SF-36 Health Survey. Participants living in a retirement home showed higher life satisfaction than

those who lived in their own households. Those who had children showed greater life satisfaction No differences in life

satisfaction were found with respect to gender, marital status, or living arrangement. The investigated demographic

variables, self-rated health status, self-rated loneliness, and a sense of humor explained 52.8% of variance in life satisfaction.

An active sense of humor was the most significant predictor. Living in a retirement home, having children, and having

an active sense of humor had a positive influence on self-reported life satisfaction, whereas poorer self-rated health

and loneliness had a negative influence. Taking into account the predictors of life satisfaction in preventive activities

may contribute to successful aging.

older people; quality of life; health; loneliness; humor; retirement

Autor: Lovorka Brajković - Rudolf Gregurek - Zorana Kušević - Ana Strahinja Ratković - Marijana Braš - Veljko Đorđević -



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