Adjustment to and satisfaction with retirement: two of a kind?

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Multiactor panel data on 778 Dutch employees were used to examine adjustment to and satisfaction with retirement. Regression analyses revealed that adjustment and satisfaction are related, but not identical. Adjustment problems arise from preretirement anxiety about the social consequences of retirement and from a lack of control over the decision. Retirement satisfaction is primarily related to the individual's access to key resources: finances, health, and the marital relationship. The study shows that the retirement transition is multidimensional. The transition involves two developmental challenges: adjustment to the loss of the work role and the social ties of work, and the development of a satisfactory postretirement lifestyle.Making a distinction between these two aspects of the retirement experience is important for a better understanding of the psychological process following retirement. Keywords: retirement, adjustment, satisfaction, multiactor panel data, the Netherlands
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-434
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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