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ERIC Number: EJ925002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
The Variable Experiences of Becoming Retired and Seeking Retirement Guidance: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis
Robinson, Oliver C.; Demetre, James D.; Corney, Roslyn H.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v39 n3 p239-258 2011
Thirty interviews were conducted with individuals across the UK who had retired between two and ten years ago, with the aim of exploring the variability of retirement experiences in terms of (a) retirement antecedents/reasons for retirement, (b) change in wellbeing and satisfaction over time, (c) personal relationships and (d) retirement guidance. Interviews were subject to a multi-level thematic qualitative analysis. Four meta-themes were established: 1--positive continuity and challenge; 2--liberation and release; 3--loss and gain; and 4--restriction, regret and decline. Participants can be classified by meta-theme, and the themes encompass co-occurring pre-retirement antecedents, post-retirement experiences, relationship factors and retirement guidance attitudes/experiences. The four themes provide a holistic, in-depth view of the wide variability of the retirement transition experience in white-collar workers in the UK. The variability-focused approach taken in the study can help towards identifying particular subgroups of retirees for bespoke retirement guidance or counselling. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom