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Dingemans & Henkens (2014): study NL 2001

Publication

Author(s):
Dingemans, E.; Henkens, K.
Title:
Involuntary Retirement, Bridge Employment, and Satisfaction with Life: A Longitudinal Investigation.
Source:
Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2014, Vol.35, 575 - 591

Investigation

Public:
50-64 aged, Netherlands, followed before and after retirement, 2001-2011
Survey name:
NL-NIDI work and retirement panel
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 1248
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on 3 questions:

Lead question not  reported
A  I most ways my life is close to ideal
B  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
C  The conditions of my life are excellent

Answers rated:
5  totally agree
4
3
2
1  totally disagree

Computation: (A+B+C)/3

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), last year format
Classification:
M-CO-u-mq-v-5-b
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
Pooled happiness in preretirement: M=3.67, SD=0.6
Pooled happiness in postretirement: M=3.71, SD=0.6
Page in publication:
580
Error estimates:
Cronbach's alpha: 0.71-0.74
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.68 -
SD:
0.60 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Age at retirement Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Health change Deterioration of health, falling ill
Improvement of health
Perceived pension shotfall Perceived sufficiency of pension Marital status change Recent change in marital status Children Ever had children (vs not) Job satisfaction Earlier satisfaction with work Supervisor Earlier socio-economic status
Earlier management level
Occupational level Level of school-education
Earlier occupation
Occupational level
Occupation of training/education
Time in retirement Time since retirement
Time of retirement
Reasons for involuntary retirement Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)
Retired for heath reasons
Retired for professional reasons
Bridge employment Full retirement (vs partial)
Post-retirement job
Wish to resume working
Bridge job in the past Pre-retirement conditions
Earlier work
Motives for bridge employment Earlier motivation to work Life satisfaction Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)