Older adults report higher psychological well-being than younger adults. Those highest in well-being also have the lowest risk of mortality. If those with lower well-being die earlier, it could affect the appearance of developmental change in well-being. In adults aged 50 and older (N ± 4,458), we estimated effects of differential mortality on life satisfaction by imputing life satisfaction, adjusting for attrition due to death, or estimating life satisfaction using pattern-mixture modeling. There was an increase in life satisfaction with age; however, differential mortality affected the elevation of the curve. Observed life satisfaction, particularly above age 70, is affected by differential mortality.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Psychology and Aging|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2016|
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© 2016 American Psychological Association.
- Life satisfaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Geriatrics and Gerontology