The Importance of Resilience for Well-Being in Retirement1 1 Article based in the master’s thesis of the first author under the advise of the Professor Lucia França, Ph.D., presented in 2013 to the Graduate Program in Psychology at Universidade Salgado de Oliveira.

A Importância da Resiliência Para o Bem-Estar na Aposentadoria

La Importancia de la Resiliência Para el Bienestar en la Jubilación

Cristiane Pimentel Nalin Lucia Helena de Freitas Pinho França About the authors

The increase in the elderly population has prompted research on retirement. This study investigated the importance of resilience, economic satisfaction, the length of retirement, and planning to well-being during retirement of 270 participants. The majority of this sample were men (64%), and the mean age was 65 years (SD = 5.7). The participants were retired members of 10 public and private organizations in Rio de Janeiro. Factor analysis and hierarchical regression were performed. The results showed that determined resilience (mastery, adaptability, confidence and perseverance) and socioeconomic satisfaction were the main predictors of well-being in retirement and explained 28% of this model. The findings suggest that well-being in retirement is closely related to socioeconomic satisfaction and determined resilience. Additional research should address the importance of resilience for the well-being of retirees who are or not members of retirement associations. Resilience attitudes should be promoted in Retirement Education Programs.

resilience (psychology); retirement; subjective well-being


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