Special Issue Article
Work hours, retirement, and supportive relations among older adults
Version of Record online: 4 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Special Issue: Contemporary empirical advancements in the study of aging in the workplace
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 345–369, February 2011
How to Cite
Nahum-Shani, I. and Bamberger, P. A. (2011), Work hours, retirement, and supportive relations among older adults. J. Organiz. Behav., 32: 345–369. doi: 10.1002/job.662
- Issue online: 19 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 4 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 30 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Received: 29 NOV 2008
While the literature widely acknowledges the importance of social support to the health, well-being, and performance of older adults, little is known about the way in which occupational conditions affect older employees' access to social support over time and whether these effects are maintained after retirement. Accordingly, in the current study we examine the degree to which work hours have longer term effects on the amount and type of support older individuals receive from intimate coworkers, family, and non-work friends, and whether these effects are attenuated or intensified for those who retire. Longitudinal data were collected from a random sample of members of nine unions, six months prior to their retirement eligibility (T1) and approximately one year after Time 1 (T2). Our findings indicate that while retirement attenuates the positive association between Time 1 work hours and subsequent coworkers' support as well as the negative relationship between Time 1 work hours and subsequent non-work friends support, retirement fails to attenuate the negative effect of Time 1 work hours on subsequent family support. Policy implications are discussed. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.