Rabina Cozijnsen, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam; Nan L. Stevens, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam and Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen; Theo G. van Tilburg, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam.
Maintaining work-related personal ties following retirement
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
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Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 345–356, September 2010
How to Cite
COZIJNSEN, R., STEVENS, N. L. and Van TILBURG, T. G. (2010), Maintaining work-related personal ties following retirement. Personal Relationships, 17: 345–356. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01283.x
This research was partially supported by a grant from the Stichting Sluyterman van Loo Foundation. The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam is largely supported by a grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Health Welfare and Sports, Directorate of Long-Term Care.
Adam Davey served as the guest editor for this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
This study examines the consequences of retirement for the continuation of work-related personal ties. The hypothesis is that their inclusion in personal networks after retirement has become more likely because these relationships have become less role based in today's social-cultural context. Data are from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Members of two cohorts born during the periods 1928–1937 (N = 109) and 1938–1947 (N = 131) were interviewed in 1992 and 2002, respectively, with a follow-up 3 years later. Among retirees, the likelihood of having work-related relationships in their personal network after retirement increased by 19% in 10 years. This suggests that retirement has become less disruptive. Retirees seem more inclined to form intrinsically rewarding work-related relationships that continue to be important following retirement.