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ERIC Number: EJ696187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Like a High Wave: Adjustment to Retirement
Nuttman-Shwartz, Orit
Gerontologist, v44 n2 p229 Apr 2004
Purpose: The purposes of the study are to provide a phenomenological description of the pre- and post-retirement experience and to examine adjustment during the two periods. Design and Methods: This is a longitudinal study of 56 Israeli men that employs both personal interviews and standard measures of physical and mental health. Results: The pre-retirement interviews show four main perceptions. The dominant perception was as a period of uncertainty and crisis. The others were as providing hope for change, as a continuation of their lives until then, and as a developmental transition. Interviews 1 year post-retirement show that most of the men were happily occupied. Comparison of pre- and post-retirement scores on standardized tests shows reduced distress. Implications: The findings point to the desirability of supportive pre-retirement interventions that would emphasize working out emotional difficulties posed the anticipation of ending work.Key Words: Retirement, Adjustment, Transition, Quality of life, Life scenario, Narrative
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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