Attitudes toward retirement in an Israeli cohort

A. Antonovsky, S. Sagy, I. Adler, R. Visel

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The three-fold purpose of this study was 1) to clarify the concept of ''attitudes toward retirement'' and its multidimensional structure; 2) to test hypotheses about the relationship between attitudes and gender and SES; and 3) to analyze the relationship between attitudes and the Sense of Coherence concept in terms of the functional consequences of different attitudes. A sample of 805 (432 men and 373 women) Israeli ''on-time'' people on the verge of retirement were interviewed. Results point to the importance of distinguishing between perceptions of gains and losses in the retirement developmental transition; identification of blue-collar workers, with ambivalent attitudes, as a high-risk group; and the importance of a strong Sense of Coherence in adopting attitudes presumably functional in coping with the developmental transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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