SELECTED PREDICTORS OF LIFE SATISFACTION AMONG RETIRED NUNS

JAMES JOSEPH MAGEE, Fordham University

Abstract

This study was conducted during 1983, with a random sample of 150 nuns, 75 each from two congregations, 71-85 years of age, who have retired from their primary full-time ministry. The Life Satisfaction Index-Z was the scale used to measure satisfaction. Both listwise and stepwise multiple regressions were used in analyzing the data. The results supported three hypotheses: (1) there is no significant difference in the life satisfaction of retired nuns based upon affiliation with one congregation rather than the other; (2) a high level of life satisfaction is associated with a high rating for self-perceived health; (3) a high level of life satisfaction is associated with a high degree of participation in the decision making process about retirement. Two hypotheses were not supported: (1) a high level of life satisfaction is associated with a satisfactory relationship with nuns who have not yet retired from their full-time ministry; (2) a high level of life satisfaction is associated with participation on a regular basis in a service related activity. ^

Subject Area

Social Work

Recommended Citation

JAMES JOSEPH MAGEE, "SELECTED PREDICTORS OF LIFE SATISFACTION AMONG RETIRED NUNS" (January 1, 1984). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI8619273.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8619273

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