ERIC Number: ED347398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Retirement Satisfaction among Day and Shift Workers.
Poppe, Christopher J.; Rodeheaver, Dean
Interviews were conducted with 30 shift workers and 30 day workers in the paper industry to discover differences in their experience of retirement. Each group of 30 workers was further divided (10 workers in each group) into those who had been retired for less than 1 year, those who had been retired for 2-4 years, and those who had been retired for 8-12 years. Life satisfaction was measured using an 18-point scale developed by Lohmann (1980). In addition to day versus shift work, a number of other variables were measured for their possible relation to satisfaction: time since retirement, age, income, and activities along with subjective health and functional health ratings. Shift workers were also questioned as to how they felt now that they were retired, with possible responses of better, worse, or no change. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between day and shift workers in satisfaction with retirement (most were satisfied to very satisfied). However, three variables--physical health, functional health, and activities--significantly affected satisfaction with retirement at the .0001 level. Future research was suggested to determine if shift and day workers differ in satisfaction with retirement, or whether retirement affects these workers in a similar way. (13 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Shift Work
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (44th, San Francisco, CA, November 22-26, 1991).