Retirement Dilemmas and Decisions

Phyllis Moen

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Retirement Dilemmas and Decisions

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Individuals/couples in their fifties, sixties, and early seventies are making strategic selections regarding retirement: its nature, timing, and sequence, including how to spend time. Dilemmas constraining their options result from demographic, economic, and technological forces; structural lag in institutions and templates; social structures (age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, country) shaping the cumulation of advantages or disadvantages that have resulted from prior work, family, and health trajectories and transitions; the fact that unprecedented numbers of women and couples are increasingly facing retirement; and individuals’ own situational exigencies (including caring for infi rm relatives). Even as older workers and retirees are healthier and better educated than ever before in history, there are no institutionalized paths offering new options for ongoing but less-than full-time public engagement. Scholars have yet to capture the impacts of these forces reshaping decision-making (and health outcomes) in this emerging phase of adulthood.

Keywords: retirement project; life course; midcourse; work; civic engagement; volunteering; time use; gender; health; decision-making; retirement dilemmas and decisions

Article.  16952 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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