The conscientious retiree: The relationship between conscientiousness, retirement, and volunteering

TitleThe conscientious retiree: The relationship between conscientiousness, retirement, and volunteering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMike, A, Jackson, JJ, Oltmanns, TF
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume52
Pagination68-77
KeywordsAdult children, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction
Abstract

The current study examined the relationship between conscientiousness, work status, and volunteering utilizing two large samples, the St. Louis Personality and Aging Network (SPAN) and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). It was hypothesized that conscientious adults who were retired would be more likely to volunteer because, after retirement, they gain a substantial amount of free time, while losing an outlet for their industrious and achievement-striving tendencies. Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses revealed that conscientious, retired individuals were more likely to volunteer than conscientious, working individuals. Further analyses revealed that facets of conscientiousness provide differential information from the general trait. These findings indicate that volunteering during retirement fills an important niche for high-striving, conscientious individuals.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656614000695
DOI10.1016/j.jrp.2014.07.002
Endnote Keywords

Conscientiousness/Conscientiousness/Facets/Retirement/Social investment/Volunteering/Work status

Endnote ID

999999

Citation Key8031
PubMed ID25843985
PubMed Central IDPMC4380150