Life satisfaction in retirement: the direct influence of gender, self-esteem and health locus of control in Southwestern parts of Nigeria
Lawal, Abiodun Musbau
Idemudia, Erhabor Sunday
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The study investigates the direct influence of gender, self-esteem and health locus of control on life satisfaction among retirees in two states in the South-western part of Nigeria. Using ex-post facto research design, 592 retirees conveniently completed copies of a questionnaire that comprised demographics and measures of variables of interest. Three hypotheses were tested by t-test for independent groups. Self-esteem significantly influenced life satisfaction t(590) = 3.39, p<.05. Similarly, health locus of control significantly influenced life satisfaction t(590) = 3.87, p<.05. However, no significant influence of gender on life satisfaction t(590) = 0.08, p>.05. Living a more satisfied life in retirement is a function of having positive self-regards or being responsible for health-related behaviour. Harnessing the influencing variables may help in the provision of self-development programmes, therefore ensuring care and support for retirees to enjoy and live a fulfilled life after selfless service to their nation.
- Faculty of Humanities