Families in later life

Families in later life

Dimensions of retirement

Ilene Wolcott

Working Paper No. 14 — May 1998

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Family events and responsibilities influence and affect retirement decisions, transitions and post retirement experiences (Szinovacz and Ekerdt 1995). In turn, the linkages between family circumstances and quality of life in retirement have implications for the provision of a range of government benefits and community services (Rosenman and Warburton 1995). This paper explores aspects of retirement and family relationships in the lives of Australian men and women aged 50-70 years. It examines the role of families and the influence of family relationships on retirement decisions, expectations, satisfaction and planning for later life.

Authors and Acknowledgements

Diana Amos, Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, is acknowledged for her contribution to data analysis and preparation of figures.

Thanks are given to David de Vaus of La Trobe University, and Trevor Batrouney of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for their helpful comments on the draft version of this paper. 

Publication details

Working Paper
No. 14
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, May 1998.
30 pp.
0 642 30530 7
Suggested citation:

Wolcott, I. (1998). Families in later life: Dimensions of retirement (Working Paper No. 14). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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