Journal of Population Ageing

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 109–126 | Cite as

Levels and Determinants of Retiree Life Satisfaction in Saudi Arabia

  • Rushood M. Al-KhraifEmail author
  • Abdullah N. Al-Mutairi
  • Khaled O. Alradihan
  • Asharaf Abdul Salam


Satisfaction is a personal feeling stemming from various factors including past and present experiences and expectations fostered by living arrangements and relationship networks. This study aims at investigating Saudi Arabian retiree satisfaction using a sample drawn from five administrative areas representing planning regions. The specific objectives of this study, which investigates the influence of previous employment on life after retirement, are to assess satisfaction levels and their variations and identify explanatory variables. A random sample of 2341 retirees was selected from a sampling frame and analyzed using the linear regression model in order to extract predictors, namely demographic, geographic, social, economic, and health. The results demonstrate that economic variables have a stronger explanatory value than others. In addition, the area of residence, problems of family and leisure time, charitable activities, and self-assessed health have significant explanatory value, although with differences between males and females. The results clearly imply the need for a wise and smooth transition to retirement through planning and involvement in various sports and voluntary activities.


Determinants Elderly Retirement Satisfaction Saudi Arabia 



This work was partially supported by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Project No. HGP-10-8 and by the Center for Population Studies.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

This study was approved by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Project No. HGP-10-8 after a rigorous review process involving an ethics committee. The Academic Council of the Center for Population Studies, King Saud University, Riyadh, also approved this study’s methods.

Declaration of Interest

There are no conflicts of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rushood M. Al-Khraif
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdullah N. Al-Mutairi
    • 1
  • Khaled O. Alradihan
    • 1
  • Asharaf Abdul Salam
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Population StudiesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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