Disparities in the Quality of Working Life Among Older Workers: Housing Conditions and Life Satisfaction With Latent Class Analysis

Mi Sun Choi, Katherine E. Marçal, Kathryn Showalter

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Abstract

Little empirical research informs understanding of the disparate active aging experiences among working older adults, especially in terms of the association with living circumstances and life satisfaction. To address this knowledge gap, this study used latent class analysis on data from the 2020 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) core interview and focused on 1,194 employed adults aged 50 and above. The results revealed four subtypes of the quality of working life in older workers. Notably, in contrast to the other identified classes, higher levels of housing satisfaction and feelings of neighborhood safety were significantly associated with an increased likelihood of being a member of the group of older adults with the highest work capacities and the healthy work–life balance. Furthermore, participation in the class characterized by the highest work capacity and a healthy work–life balance was related to the highest levels of overall life satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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Keywords

  • housing condition
  • latent class analysis
  • life satisfaction
  • quality of working life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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