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Continuity in Well-Being in the Transition to Retirement

Journal article
Authors Georg Henning
Magnus Lindwall
Boo Johansson
Published in GeroPsych - The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 225-237
ISSN 1662-9647
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Pages 225-237
Language en
Keywords Retirement, Well-being
Subject categories Psychology


We review recent longitudinal studies on change and continuity in psychological well-being during the retirement transition. Our conclusion is that most retirees maintain their level of well-being over retirement. Some studies, however, provide evidence for a substantial heterogeneity and dynamic effects. A smaller subgroup experiences losses in resources and challenges which compromise their well-being. Various adaptive actions seem to help to cope with losses, but we still lack more detailed information about the role and effects of these coping strategies. Future longitudinal studies need to address the role of and interplay among these adaptive behaviors over the retirement transition to improve our understanding of continuity and change in postretirement well-being.

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