ERIC Number: ED217318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of Retirement among Minority Elderly.
McFadden, Martha B.; And Others
Retirement research which focuses on retiring white males is not relevant to the emerging group of minority retirees. The retirement decision-making and perceptions about retirement among almost equal numbers of Blacks, Latinos, and Anglos (N=595) in Denver and San Diego were examined to investigate the appropriateness of the emerging minority retiree as a potential community resource. Subjects completed a standard field interview assessing: (1) socio-demographic characteristics; (2) labor force history; (3) familial, social, and community interaction and participation patterns; and (4) retirement attitudes, expectations, and behavior. Personnel (N=279) from San Diego County community organizations completed questionnaires about the staffing, programs, and involvement of the elderly in their organizations. Major socio-economic variables suggested that Blacks and Latinos could anticipate a more disadvantaged retirement condition than Anglos. Low levels of formal education and occupational status and low income jobs among minorities had a potentially negative impact on retirement conditions. The findings suggest that there are wide discrepancies in the retirement experiences and attitudes of Blacks, Latinos, and Anglos. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).