ERIC Number: ED223946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Retirement Adaptations and Self-Concept in Professional Women.
Rosen, Jacqueline L.; Palmer, Mary B.
Retirement has been the subject of increasing interest in the popular as well as professional literature, but the psychosocial consequences of the transition have received little systematic attention. To study variatons in adaptation to retirement, 80 female educators and educational specialists were interviewed. The majority were rated as predominantly satisfied with their lives, but a substantial minority reported periods of restlessness, boredom, and depression. The dynamics of positive self-concept appeared to best explain a successful adjustment to retirement. Adjustment was not associated with age at retirement, marital status, religious preference, ethnic origin, socioeconomic background, or living alone. Women who were dissatisfied with retirement initially felt negative or ambivalent about retiring and anxious about filling the gap. The findings support the hypothesis that the woman's concept of herself over a lifetime constitutes the best single predictor of her adjustment to retirement. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).