Are older people really happier than younger people?

dc.contributor.authorYang, Philip Q.
dc.contributor.authorLeone, Erica
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-04T16:20:32Z
dc.date.available2023-08-04T16:20:32Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.descriptionArticle originally published in The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, 13(1). English. Published online 2021. https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/vol13/iss1/2en_US
dc.description.abstractIn recent years, many media reports have claimed that older people are happier than younger people. We question the total validity of this claim. Analyzing data from General Social Surveys 1972-2016, this study reveals that the happiness of older adults depends on their health status and economic status, and it also detects a significant J-shaped relationship between age and happiness over a lifetime. Additionally, we find significant differences in happiness across generations and over time. Our findings challenge the popular claim in the media reports and the U-shaped and inverted U-shaped patterns detected in the academic literature and provide a more complete picture of the relationship between age and happiness.en_US
dc.identifier.citationThis is the published version of an article that is available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/vol13/iss1/2. Recommended citation: Yang, P., & Leone, E. (2021). Are older people really happier than younger people? The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, 13(1). This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11274/15345
dc.identifier.urihttps://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/vol13/iss1/2
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Sociological Associationen_US
dc.rights.licenseCC BY 4.0
dc.subjectHappinessen_US
dc.subjectAgeen_US
dc.subjectHealth statusen_US
dc.subjectEconomic statusen_US
dc.subjectModerating effecten_US
dc.subjectNonlinear effecten_US
dc.titleAre older people really happier than younger people?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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