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Thursday, 4th February 2016

UK: At What Age Is Personal Well-being the Highest? (Short story)

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Main Findings:

This report analyses personal well-being data for over 300,000 adults in the UK, collected over 3 years between 2012 and 2015. It finds that:

those aged 65 to 79 tended to report the highest average levels of personal well-being

ratings of life satisfaction and happiness were at their lowest, on average, for those aged 45 to 59

well-being ratings fell amongst the oldest age groups (those aged 75 and over) - this fall was steepest for feelings that activities they do in life are worthwhile

those aged 90 and over reported higher life satisfaction and happiness compared with people in their middle years

average anxiety ratings increased through early and middle years, peaking between 45 to 59 years, but then subsequently falling and remaining relatively unchanged for those aged 65 and over

+ Direct link to document (PDF; 127 KB)

+ Personal Well-being: Interactive Maps


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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