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The effects of retirement expectations and social support on post‐retirement adjustment: A longitudinal analysis

Mary Anne Taylor (Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)
Caren Goldberg (Kogood School of Business, American University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Lynn M. Shore (San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA)
Phillip Lipka (Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 2 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim is to examine the shifting effects of retirement expectations and social support on adjustment three and half and ten months post‐retirement.

Design/methodology/approach

For the purpose of this study, the authors used a survey methodology. Expectations regarding retirement and social support were used to predict three facets of satisfaction post‐retirement; life satisfaction, retirement satisfaction, and social satisfaction.

Findings

Results suggested that expectations consistently and significantly predicted satisfaction early and later in retirement. Social support was only a significant antecedent of retirement satisfaction at time 2, and had a non‐significant relationship to social and life satisfaction in retirement.

Practical implications

Results support the view that retirement expectations have a strong influence on retirement, life, and social satisfaction in the first year of an individual's retirement.

Originality/value

The paper's findings imply that interventions designed to create realistic expectations of the retirement experience may have a positive impact on adjustment.

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Citation

Anne Taylor, M., Goldberg, C., Shore, L.M. and Lipka, P. (2008), "The effects of retirement expectations and social support on post‐retirement adjustment: A longitudinal analysis", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 458-470. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940810869051

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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