The Gerontologist, Vol 29, Issue 6 750-760, Copyright © 1989 by The Gerontological Society of America
The social construction of retirement among professionals 50-60 years old
This study documents the range of images held about retirement among a
group of professional men and women 50-60 years old. The decade of the
fifties is a point of transition in the development of professionals'
consciousness about retirement. Examined are the work contingencies
influencing whether respondents anticipate retirement positively. Those who
have unfinished agendas at work, have high job satisfaction, perceive
retirement as financially unfeasible, and retain their health are least
likely to anticipate retirement favorably.