The Process of Retirement Planning Scale (PRePS): development and validation.

TitleThe Process of Retirement Planning Scale (PRePS): development and validation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsNoone, JH, Stephens, C, Alpass, FM
JournalPsychol Assess
Date Published2010 Sep
ISSN Number1939-134X
Call Numbernewpubs20101012_Noone.pdf
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Educational Status, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Financing, Personal, Goals, Health Status, Humans, Internal-External Control, Male, Middle Aged, Pilot Projects, Planning Techniques, Psychological Tests, Psychology, Reproducibility of Results, Retirement, Surveys and Questionnaires

Although a substantial proportion of the western population is approaching retirement age, little is known about how they are preparing for the future. Much attention has been paid to the consumption of educational material and retirement wealth in the present literature, but the process of retirement planning has been ignored. S. L. Friedman and E. K. Scholnick's (1997) theoretical model provided the basis for a comprehensive measure of retirement planning. According to their process theory, individuals develop an understanding of the problem, set goals, make a decision to start preparing, and finally undertake the behaviors needed to fulfill their goals. Fifty-two items were developed to assess each stage of the planning process for financial, health, lifestyle, and psychosocial retirement planning. These were tested on a population sample of 1,449 New Zealanders aged 49-60. Confirmatory factor analysis, bivariate correlations, and hierarchical regression provided support for the valid use of the measure. Necessary antecedents, such as the tendency to look to the future, and locus of control were significantly related to the Process of Retirement Planning Scale (PRePS). The PRePS also outperformed retirement planning measures used in the Health and Retirement Study (F. T. Juster & R. Suzman, 1995) after controlling for socioeconomic and psychological variables. This measure will enable social policy makers to determine which stages of retirement planning require support and intervention. The PRePS will also help to determine which domains of retirement planning predict well-being in later life and the factors which differentiate those who are planning from those who are not.

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retirement Planning/methodology/Public Policy

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Alternate JournalPsychol Assess
Citation Key7500
PubMed ID20822264