Correlates of Life Satisfaction Among Middle-Aged and Older Black Adults

Alyssa A. Gamaldo, Angie L. Sardina, Shyuan Ching Tan, Lesley A. Ross, Lauren A. Gerlin, Terrance B. Knox, Dominique Prawl, Katherine S. Argueta Portillo, Ross Andel

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Background: This study examines satisfaction across life domains (condition of the home, city of residence, daily life/leisure, family life, current financial situation, total household income, health, and life as a whole) among Black adults. The study also explores the association between satisfaction in each life domain and sociodemographic, personality, and mental/physical health measures. Methods: A community-dwelling sample of Black adults (n = 93, age range = 55–80) residing in the Tampa, FL area, completed a life satisfaction scale and measures of sociodemographic factors, personality, and mental/physical health between October 2014 and June 2016. Results: Better life satisfaction was observed in the oldest-old (80+) compared with the middle-aged (55–64; p <.05). Less education, less financial strain, lower depressive symptoms, and better self-rated physical health were associated with higher satisfaction although the pattern of results varied by domain. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the evaluation of life satisfaction domains may be a useful approach for identifying specific individual needs, which may inform age-friendly community initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1249-1259
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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