Predictors of planned retirement age: an application of Beehr's model

Psychol Aging. 1995 Mar;10(1):76-83. doi: 10.1037//0882-7974.10.1.76.


Given the aging workforce, understanding the retirement process is an area of increasing interest to organizations. T. A. Beehr's (1986) model of retirement behavior was used in this study as a basis for selecting personal, psychological, and organizational predictors of subsequent planned retirement age. In addition, potential differences in predictors of the planned retirement age of retirement-eligible and retirement-ineligible respondents were explored. Two hundred sixty-four respondents working for a large multinational firm completed 2 surveys on their attitudes toward work and retirement. Results showed that chronological age, employee health, and self-perceptions of the ability to adjust to retirement predicted subsequent planned retirement age. Interactions of the predictors with retirement eligibility are reported along with implications for retirement-planning programs.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Attitude*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pensions
  • Retirement / psychology*