Factors Influencing Attitude Toward Retirement and Retirement Planning Among Midlife University Employees

M. jean Turner, William C. Bailey, Jean Pearson Scott

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Abstract

As retirement becomes an extended component of the normative life cycle, understanding factors influencing retirement preparation activities of midlife individuals is important. This study examined the influence of gender, age, marital status, occupational status, educational attainment, income, perceived health, number of children, age of children, and number of dependent children on retirement planning behaviors and attitude toward retirement among 40- to 65-year-old university employees (N = 2,760). The study used regression analysis to determine the demographic variables that differentiated between individuals on four planning scales (financial, home equity, employment, and locational) and in their attitudes toward retirement. The relation ship between financial planning and total family income was the most significant finding. The discussion concludes with policy implications related to assisting midlife individuals in preparation for retirement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Applied Gerontology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1994

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