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Project Information

Project Title
"A social psychological perspective on successful aging and retirement: Identity change in the transition through adulthood and into old age"

Institute
University of Groningen - Social and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Bibiana Armenta Gutierrez

Supervisor(s)
Prof.dr. N.W. van Yperen (University of Groningen)
Prof.dr. T. Postmes (University of Groningen)
Dr. K.E. Stroebe (University of Groningen)
Dr. S. Scheibe (University of Groningen)

Period
1 September 2012 - 1 February 2017

Funding
NWO - Graduate Programme 2011 (KLI application)


Summary

The past century has seen unprecedented increases in average life expectancy. As people live longer percentages of older adults in the workforce and in society in general have been increasing. This provides opportunities and challenges both for organizations to integrate older adults in the workforce and for older adults themselves to make the most of their pre- and post-retirement years. The focus has come to lie on the concept of ‘successful aging’, denoting the goal that people age in a physically and mentally healthy and engaged manner (Depp & Jeste, 2006). In the present project we focus on social identity (change) as individuals transition from being young to being middle aged to being old, and from work to retirement, as one determinant of successful aging. In doing so, we integrate theory and research in the areas of aging, intergroup relations, and organizational psychology.


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