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Adv Life Course Res. 2013 Mar;18(1):107-14. doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2012.10.008. Epub 2012 Nov 10.

The influence of living conditions in early life on life satisfaction in old age.

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University of Cologne, Research Institute for Sociology, Greinstraße 2, 50939 Cologne, Germany. Electronic address: deindl@wiso.uni-koeln.de.

Abstract

This article examines the influence of living conditions in early life on life satisfaction in old age in eleven Western European countries. It combines the influence of individual conditions, for example housing and family background, with country characteristics in the decade of birth. Using pooled data from the second and third wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, multilevel models show that early life living conditions have an influence on life satisfaction in old age. Furthermore, interaction effects between current and past living conditions show that adverse living conditions strengthen the effect of early life on life satisfaction in later life and therefore are an indication of cumulative inequality over the life course.

PMID:
24797470
DOI:
10.1016/j.alcr.2012.10.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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