Reasons for Working and Their Relationship to Retirement Attitudes, Job Satisfaction and Occupational Self-efficacy of Bridge Employees

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15 p.

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Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

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International Journal of Aging & Human Development

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Although the Baby Boomers are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population and they are quickly approaching retirement age, research has widely neglected to look at the reasons as to why many of them intend on opting for bridge employment as opposed to completely retiring. This study examined the relationships among four reasons for working (social, personal, financial, and generative) and three attitudinal responses to bridge employment (job satisfaction, retirement attitudes, and occupational self-efficacy). In a sample of 108 recent retirees holding bridge employment positions, it was found that generativity served as a reliable predictor of job satisfaction and attitudes toward retirement, whereas the social reason for work was only a reliable predictor of attitudes toward retirement.


International Journal of Aging & Human Development, Vol. 61, No. 1 (July 2005): 21-35. DOI.

Gary A. Adams was affiliated with University of Wisconsin Oshkosh at the time of publication.