Occupational transitions: How do work-related factors influence the work-to-retirement transition process?

Eagers, Jackie, Franklin, Richard, Broome, Kieran, and Yau, Matthew (2016) Occupational transitions: How do work-related factors influence the work-to-retirement transition process? In: Abstracts from the NT/QLD Division OT Conference. p. 24. From: NT/QLD Division OT Conference: Pratitioners of the Future, 28-29 October 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Background: The work-to-retirement transition process results in changes to life structure and identity making retirement from work a major occupational transition. This paper will explore the influence of work-related factors on the work-to-retirement transition. Findings will be discussed in terms of opportunities for occupational therapy in this occupational transition.

Method: Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with participants aged 50 years and over who had voluntarily retired within the past five years. Recruitment occurred via a range of mechanisms including through local services and organisations and the research teams' networks. Thematic analysis was conducted for each of the work-to-retirement transition stages (preparation, transition, and retired).

Discussion/Outcomes: To date, eleven interviews (5 females, 6 males) have been conducted with people from a variety of pre-retirement occupations. Preliminary findings include themes around: time to move on, wrapping up work (preparation); work influencing retirement timing, work infiltrating retirement, feeling retired, (transition); freedom from work, identity reconceptualisation, filling retirement with work-like activities (retired).

Conclusion: Work-related factors influence all stages of the work-to-retirement transition process. Occupational therapy's role encompasses vocational rehabilitation and ageing. Occupational therapy can also play an important role in facilitating the work-to-retirement transition process with the ultimate goal to enable active (and) healthy ageing.

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Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 23:29
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
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