The influence of work on the transition to retirement: a qualitative study

Eagers, Jackie, Franklin, Richard C., Broome, Kieran, and Yau, Matthew K. (2018) The influence of work on the transition to retirement: a qualitative study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81 (11). pp. 624-632.

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Retirement from work is a complex process, with work influencing this transition. Occupational therapists can facilitate a meaningful occupational transition to retirement for better health and wellbeing in later life. This article explores (1) how work attributes influence and relate to the work-to-retirement transition stages, (2) the relationship of findings to the Model of Human Occupation volitional processes and (3) the potential occupational therapy role.


Semi-structured interviews were completed with retirees. In this qualitative study, themes were identified in relation to the work-to-retirement transition stages using thematic analysis with findings related to the Model of Human Occupation volitional processes.


Eleven Australian participants (five females, six males) were recruited. Themes and sub-themes were identified within each stage of the work-to-retirement transition and collectively encapsulated all volitional processes. Themes were time to move on, taking action, ceasing work, feeling retired, letting go and work-related involvement.


Work attributes related to personal factors, social factors, meaningful occupational engagement and the nexus of work and retirement influence all work-to-retirement transition stages. Volition assists in explaining the complexity of this transition. Occupational therapists can assist older workers to continue working or identify and implement meaningful occupations to replace work activities in retirement.

Item ID: 56012
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1477-6006
Keywords: pre-retirement job, active ageing, work, occupational transitions
Copyright Information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2018. Under Sage's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 02:02
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420199 Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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