Family, Work, and the Retirement Process: A Review and New Directions

Russell A. Matthews and Gwenith G. Fisher

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746521
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Family, Work, and the Retirement Process: A Review and New Directions

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Changes in the demographic characteristics of the older workforce amidst an increasingly complex retirement landscape underscore the need to examine the role of family in relation to the retirement process. Family is an important part of life, and for many the most salient role in life. The decision regarding whether and when to retire is often not an individual decision, but rather one that unfolds within a larger family context. This chapter reviews prior research on the relationship between family-related factors (e.g., marital status, spousal influence and social support, and family caregiving responsibilities) and retirement. We also review relevant prior research on the intersection of work and family domains in relation to retirement. We follow this with a summary as well as recommendations for future directions of research examining family factors related to retirement research.

Keywords: family and retirement; family roles; work-family conflict; work-family enrichment; work-family enhancement; work-family and retirement

Article.  12562 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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