Thursday, October 20, 2005

Work-Family Conflict and Retirement Preferences
[June 2005 - CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR POPULATION RESEARCH (UCLA) - PDF file] This study investigates relationships between perceived levels of work-family conflict and retirement preferences. Methods: Using the large sample of 52-54 year-old respondents to the 1992 Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, we estimate multinomial logistic regression models of preferences for partial and full retirement within the next ten years. We examine the association between preferences for retirement and perceived work-family conflict, evaluate the extent to which work-family conflict is a mediating mechanism between stressful work and family circumstances and preferences for retirement, and explore potential gender differences in the association between work-family conflict and retirement preferences. Results: Work-family conflict is positively related to preferences for both full and partial retirement. Yet work-family conflict does not appear to mediate relationships between stressful work and family environments and retirement preferences, nor do significant gender differences emerge in this association. Discussion: Our analyses provide the first direct evidence of the role played by work-family conflict in the early stages of the retirement process, although we are not able to identify the sources of conflict underlying this relationship. Identifying the sources of this conflict and the psychological mechanisms linking work-family conflict to retirement preferences is an important task for subsequent research. ...


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