Determinants of Life Satisfaction among Elderly Filipinos: A Mixed-Method Analysis
Written by Genny G. BANDOLES
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This paper aims to identify the determinants of life satisfaction among older Filipino people. It uses a mixed-method approach, combining quantitative and qualitative analyses in an embedded design. Using data from the 2007 Philippine Study on Aging (PSOA), the study used bivariate analysis and binomial logistic regression analysis to show the significance of the following in achieving life satisfaction—sex, education, marital status, self-assessed health status, chewing ability, depression symptoms, difficulty in performing activities in daily living, bodily pain, emotional support, and adequacy of household income in meeting household expenses. An in-depth interview of six purposively sampled older Filipino people also reveals how life satisfaction is affected by personal circumstances, and socio-cultural and economic contexts.
Keywords: life satisfaction, older Filipinos, aging in the Philippines
Genny G. BANDOLES is a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.