Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

William Edwin Walker


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between life satisfaction and other relevant variables in a sample of noninstitutionalized older Americans. Recent research has related satisfaction with life to adjustment in aging. Previous studies, however, have used a variety of methods to measure life satisfaction or self-concept. This study was designed to be an analysis of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale and the Life Satisfaction Index A with selected personal and behavioral variables. 59 subjects, primarily Jewish, aged 56 to 91 were tested during their regular activity meetings at the Jewish Community Center of Richmond, Virginia. The Life Satisfaction Index A correlated significantly with several dimensions of self-concept as measured by the Tennessee Self Concept Scale. In analysis of the data using canonical correlation, the variables of gender, religiosity, availability of a confidant, and self-perceived health accounted for a significant proportion of the variation in the dimensions of life satisfaction and self-concept.

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