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Factors influencing the decision to extend working life or to retire.
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PMID:  21725583     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate factors within nine identified areas that influence why some older workers want to (or believe they can) work until age 65 years or beyond, whereas others leave the workforce earlier. METHODS: The questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study included 1792 respondents aged 55-64 years, employed in the healthcare sector in Sweden. Using logistic regression, we investigated the associations between statements within nine areas and two outcome measures: (i) Whether the individual wanted to work until age 65 years or beyond and (ii) whether the individual believed they can work until age 65 years or beyond. RESULTS: Of the 1792 respondents, 54% stated that they "can" and 38% that they "want to" work until age 65 years or beyond. Three areas were significantly associated with both these outcomes: worker health, economic incentives, and retirement decisions by life partners or close friends. Mental and physical working environment, work pace and skills/competence were associated with the "can" outcome, whereas work as an important part of life, working time, and management attitude to older workers were associated with the "want to" outcome. CONCLUSION: Although there were differences regarding the associations between six of the areas and the two outcomes (ie, "can" and "want to" go on working until age 65 years or beyond), three of the areas were important to both outcomes. Among those, it was interesting that life partner or close social environment gave higher odds ratios than for example health, physical work environment or work satisfaction.
Kerstin Nilsson; Anna Rignell Hydbom; Lars Rylander
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1795-990X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7511540     Medline TA:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Work Science, Economic & Environmental Psychology, Swedish University Agricultural Science, Box 88, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden.
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