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ERIC Number: EJ1176348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Retirement Preparation Programs: An Examination of Retirement Perceptions, Self-Mastery, and Well-Being
Cohen-Mansfield, Jiska; Regev, Irit
Research on Social Work Practice, v28 n4 p428-437 May 2018
Purpose: This study was designed to examine whether preretirement intervention, through preparation programs conducted by social workers, enhances retirees' healthy retirement transition, self-mastery, and well-being outcomes. Methods: Data were gathered at preprogram, postprogram, and at 6-month follow-up. A total of 84 participants filled out pre- and postprogram questionnaires, of which 66 also completed follow-up assessment. Participants were 1-3 months before retirement at preassessment and 4-8 months after retirement at follow-up. Results: The preretirement program improved participants' appraisal of retirement and created lower and more realistic expectations of postretirement work prospects. While these variables changed in the expected direction between pre- and postprogram assessment, participants' scores at follow-up indicated less self-mastery, greater depressed affect, and less positive feelings regarding retirement. Discussion: The short-term value of retirement programs was supported and revealed the importance of follow-up programs to maintain short-term gains and to address additional long-term developments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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