Anticipatory Socialization for Retirement: A Multilevel Dyadic Model

TitleAnticipatory Socialization for Retirement: A Multilevel Dyadic Model
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCurl, AL, Ingram, JG
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics, Healthcare, Other, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

Role theory, widely used to examine human behavior, has often been used to describe the transition from work to retirement. Anticipatory socialization, a role theory concept, describes the process that occurs prior to role transitions and assists in that transition by helping individuals learn the norms for the new role. However, not all workers engage in retirement planning. Lack of retirement planning is of concern because those individuals who do not plan for major life transitions tend to be less successful in adjusting to role changes. Data from the Health and Retirement Study were used; selection criteria required participants to be age 45 or older, working full- or part-time, and have complete data for the study variables. Multilevel modeling results of dyadic data from the Health and Retirement Study (N=1,028 dual-earner couples) indicate that older age, being White, higher income, greater retirement wealth, and looking forward to retirement predicted greater anticipatory socialization (i.e., thinking about and discussing retirement) by both husbands and wives. For wives only, having a health problem limiting work, higher spouse occupational status, and having a spouse who was looking forward to retirement predicted more anticipatory socialization. For husbands only, higher education, higher depressive symptomatology, and lower occupational status predicted more anticipatory socialization. This study found evidence of spousal congruence, with husbands, on average, engaging in more anticipatory socialization than wives. These findings identify couples that could most benefit from targeted efforts to increase anticipatory socialization, which predicts better retirement adjustment and satisfaction.

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DUAL-EARNER COUPLES/GERIATRICS/GERONTOLOGY/retirement planning/GENDER/PSYCHIATRY/anticipatory socialization/married couples/disparities/GERONTOLOGY

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Citation Key7835