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Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2010;48(9):13-25. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2010.48.9.013
A Study on Korean Retirees' Life Satisfaction with a Focus on Gender Differences
Miai Sung1, Saeeun Choi2
1Department of Home Economics, Korea National Open University
2Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland-College Park
Corresponding Author: Saeeun Choi ,Tel: +1-301-588-5414, Fax: +1-301-405-5743, Email: saeeun@umd.edu
Received: July 2, 2010; Revised: July 6, 2010   Accepted: August 27, 2010.
This study examined the effects of individual, family, and career characteristics on retirees' life satisfaction and investigated the interactive effect of gender on the relations between retirement and life satisfaction. Data were drawn from 2 waves of Korean Retirement and Income Study (KReIS). The analytic sample included 158 retired men and 145 retired women in the second wave and all of whom had worked at the first wave. The results indicated that psychological and physical health conditions significantly affected retirees' life satisfaction. Also, family characteristics in terms of a spouse's work status and children's developmental stages, such as marriage and employment, influenced retirees' life satisfaction. Financial support from adult children living elsewhere also significantly affected retiree's life satisfaction. The interaction effect of gender was only found in effects of living arrangement (living alone/with a spouse vs. multiple generations living together) on retirees' life satisfaction.
Keywords: retirement transition, retirees` life satisfaction, gender difference
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