Social Indicators Research

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 137–156 | Cite as

Roles, race and subjective well-being: A longitudinal analysis of elderly men

  • Russell P. D. Burton
  • Beth Rushing
  • Christian Ritter
  • Andrea Rakocy


The basic contention of this paper is that research on subjective well-being would benefit from an integration of theory and research from other studies of subjective states, such as mental and physical health. Toward that end, we present results of an analysis of the impact of race and social roles on subjective well-being in a nationally representative sample of elderly men. The findings demonstrate that particular role configurations have an effect on happiness and that these effects are different for blacks and whites. Theoretical implications of these findings for subjective well-being research and role accumulation theory are discussed.


Physical Health Representative Sample Subjective State Social Role Longitudinal Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell P. D. Burton
    • 1
  • Beth Rushing
    • 1
  • Christian Ritter
    • 1
  • Andrea Rakocy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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