A Path Analytic Model Exploration of Determinants of Happiness of Older Adults in Abu Dhabi

Muna Al Bahar, Masood Badri, Mugheer Al Khaili, Fahad Al Neyadi, Guang Yang, Asma Al Rashdi

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The objective of the study was to identify the factors associated with the subjective well-being of older adults in Abu Dhabi when happiness is taken as the dependent variable. In the present research, a framework based on theoretical models was developed in which older adult’s happiness was seen in a synergistic relationship and was associated with many other variables related to various domains in the social system. The sample consisted of 1,004 older adults aged 60 and above, who participated in the First Abu Dhabi General Social Survey administered in 2018. Many subjective well-being variables were considered. Path analysis was used to develop a model that incorporated the five following variables directly affecting the happiness of older adults: housing satisfaction, satisfaction with family life, satisfaction with friendships, life satisfaction, satisfaction with surrounding environment, and some psychological feelings. The study highlighted all direct and indirect associations. Further analysis of variance revealed the associations of gender, marital status, and education attainment. Implications of the study were highlighted along with future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-131
Number of pages24
JournalAgeing International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Abu Dhabi
  • Happiness
  • Life satisfaction
  • Older adults
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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