Life satisfaction in midlife childless and empty-nest men and women

James E. Bell, Nancy Eisenberg

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The primary purpose of this study was to contrast the life satisfaction of midlife empty-nest and childless individuals. Seventy-two men and women reported on their satisfaction with 11 areas of life as well as with regard to children. Empty-nest individuals were more satisfied than childless persons with regard to their decisions regarding children; however, the childless individuals were not unhappy with their decisions. Empty-nest individuals were also more positive than childless individuals about contact with children. There were no differences between the two groups with regard to areas of life satisfaction not related to children; nor were there significant gender differences in life satisfaction. The results were discussed in relation to both theory and data concerning midlife satisfaction and adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-155
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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