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Developmental Psychology on Retirement - Dictionary of Arguments

Upton I 145
Retirement/Developmental psychology/Upton: It has been suggested that adults progress through a series of phases as they make the transition from worker to retiree (Atchley, 1976)(1). An important part of this process includes information gathering and planning for the future (Ekerdt et al.,2000)(2).
Retirement is thought to include a number of different phases as it develops. Initially, the retiree enjoys their new freedom (…), this may be followed by a disenchantment phase (…),
Upton I 146
(…) individuals with positive expectations are more likely to be well adjusted in retirement (van Solinge and Henkens, 2005)(3). Cf. >Midlife crisis/Psychological theories.



1. Atchley, R. C. (1976). The sociology of retirement. Cambridge: Schenkman.
2. Ekerdt, DJ, Kosloski, K and Deviney, S (2000) The normative anticipation of retirement by older workers. Research on Aging, 22: 3-22.
3. van Solinge, H and Henkens, K (2005) Couples’ adjustment to retirement: a multi-actor panel study. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60(1): 511-520.

Further Reading:
Breeze, E, Fletcher, A, Leon, D, Marmot, M, Clarke, R and Shipley, M(2001) Do socioeconomic
the advantages persist into old age? American Journal of Public Health, 91(2): 277—83. http://
ajph .aphapublications .org/cgi/reprintl 9 1 / 2 / 277 .pdf


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Developmental Psychology
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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