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Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones

versión impresa ISSN 1576-5962


CHIESA, Rita  y  SARCHIELLI, Guido. Getting ready for retirement: the role of social support in anxiety management. Rev. psicol. trab. organ. [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.3, pp.365-388. ISSN 1576-5962.

Retirement can be considered a transition that implies losing one's work role and therefore there is a need to be capable of restructuring one's systems of personal roles and activities. This study used a sample of 250 employees of public administration aged over 48 to find the extent to which work and non-work sources of social support can affect anxiety during the period of preparation for retirement. In addition, the study explored the relation between social support and intended retirement age. LISREL structural equation model analysis shows that supervisor's social support and job involvement increase the anxiety resulting from identity loss, whereas family social support decreases this anxiety. Moreover, friends' social support reduces the anxiety owing to anticipated social exclusion. Finally, retirement related anxiety predicts intended retirement age.

Palabras clave : Retirement; Social support; Anxiety.

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