ERIC Number: ED208780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of University Faculty Toward Aging and Retirement.
Gall, Linda A.; Vogel, Francis X.
The attitudes of faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University (UNI) were surveyed. The 85 respondents excluded faculty in administrative positions. A significant difference was found in faculty plans for retirement: 47 percent wished to live in the city; 24 percent in the suburbs, and 29 percent in the country. Fifty-five percent of the respondents indicated that they would continue working full-time in their present position if offered the opportunity as an alternative to retiring. With respect to this decision, personal satisfaction was cited as being the primary motivation for delaying retirement. For part-time faculty, 62 percent indicated that they would elect to continue working part-time in their present position if offered the opportunity as an alternative to retiring. Fifty percent of the respondents were willing to participate in a university sponsored preretirement planning program, while 26 percent were opposed to participation, and 24 percent were undecided. Scores on the Facts of Aging Quiz indicated no significant differences between three age groups: 30-39 years, 40-49 years, and 50-59 years. The average rate of accuracy for respondents was 61.1 percent. Three possible reasons for these scores include: they are not aware of the problems and blessings of the aged; they are not concerned about aging because it is not their problem yet; or they are fearful of facing the realities of aging and the effects it may have on them. Leisure time activities, type of housing preferred, and desired location for retirement for the three age groups were also compared. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Northeastern Illinois University