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Age, Marital Status, Gender and Job Status as Determinants of Life Satisfaction among the Elderly in Nigeria

Adejumo, G.O. (2012) Age, Marital Status, Gender and Job Status as Determinants of Life Satisfaction among the Elderly in Nigeria. In: The Adults and Aged in Nigeria: Issues and Researches. Network For Health, Education and Welfare of Special People, Ibadan, Ibadan., pp. 408-418. ISBN 978-240-089-0

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This study examined the determinants of life satisfaction among the elderly in Nigeria. A survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 194 participants were randomly selected. These participants were made up of 77 males and 117 females. Their ages ranged from 60-88 years. Four hypotheses were raised and tested. The findings revealed that the sample mean for all the participants was 19 which represents slightly dissatisfied with life. However, no significant differences were found in life satisfaction on the bases of gender, age, marital status and job status. It was concluded that the reason for the low level of life satisfaction among the elders was due to the weak nature of the care and support available to the elderly due to changes in the family system in Nigeria. It was recommended that the elderly must be provided financial support both by the government and family members. They must be helped to realize that their waning years are not meant to be frustrating and fruitless. Age-adjusted policies and programmes that encourage workplace flexibility, lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles, especially during transitional periods should be put in place.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2015 16:53
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2015 16:53

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