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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

versão impressa ISSN 1645-0086


FONSECA, António M.  e  PAUL, Constança. Perceived health and retirement transition . Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2004, vol.5, n.1, pp.17-29. ISSN 1645-0086.

Abstract-Retirement is a complex process by which individuals withdraw from full-time participation in a job. We can approach the complexity of the retirement process taking it as a life transition involving change and adaptation that may produce stress. In search for a better understanding of retirement transition impact in perceived health, a comparative study was made between 50 retired persons and 50 non-retired persons - in both cases, 25 men and 25 women - residing in their home in the north and centre of Portugal. The retired individuals were recently retired (less than one year) and the non-retired individuals were full-time workers. The instrument used for evaluation was a version of the "Self-Reported Health Questionnaire", taken from "The European Survey on Aging Protocol" (ESAP). The results show that there are no relevant differences between retired and non-retired concerning self-reported health. However, retired individuals complain more about health in the months after retirement (coincident with the new retirement condition), while full-time workers complain about health over a long period.

Palavras-chave : Adaptation; Health; Retirement transition.

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