ERIC Number: ED277925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
When Husbands Retire: Men View Their Wives' Satisfaction. Findings from the Normative Aging Study.
Ekerdt, David J.; And Others
The marital relationship is a basic context of retirement, where spouses' separate perceptions of retirement, and of each other's views, are an essential part of the retirement experience. To explore this issue, 297 married men who had been retired for 6 years or less, all participants in the Veterans Administration Normative Aging Study, reported their own levels of retirement satisfaction and their perceptions of their wives' satisfaction with the husbands' retirement. There was only a fair correspondence between husband's retirement satisfaction and his report of wife's satisfaction. Discriminant analysis revealed that congruent views were consistent with an overall presentation of successful retirement adaptation. Incongruent views were based in an adverse experience of retirement (when wives were ranked as the more satisfied partner) and marital disharmony (when husbands ranked themselves higher). A two-page reference list concludes the document. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (39th, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1986).