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Happiness among Older Men in Jamaica: Is it a health issue?

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Author(s): Paul Andrew Bourne

Journal: Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2040-8765

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Elderly men | happiness | health status | Jamaica | life satisfaction | older men

ABSTRACT
This study seeks to expand the literature by investigating the effect of health status on happiness,happiness on health status, life satisfaction on happiness as well as some demographic variables in order testthe existing know ledge on elderly men (ages 60 years and older) in Jamaica. A stratified random sample of2,000 elderly men in Jamaica w as used to carry out this study. The data were collected with a 137-item selfadministeredquestionnaire and entered, retrieved and stored in SPSS for Windows 16.0 (SPSS Inc; ChicagoIL, USA). Happiness was found not correlated with health status of elderly men in Jamaica nor w as healthstatus associated with happiness; and that there was no difference based on area of residence. Happiness andhealth status cannot be used to proxy each other for the elderly cohort as they are independent events.
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