Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Cramer, K.


Psychology, Social.




Retirement is a major life transition that approximately 30% of retirees find stressful. Research has typically focused on identifying factors that predict retirement stress. The present study examined if household composition and retirement stress were related while controlling for financial status, type of retirement, self-assessed health, and perceived family social support. Results indicated that there was no difference between retirees with children in the home and retirees whose children have left the home in regards to life satisfaction, perceived stress in retirement, and global perceived stress. Childless retirees were found to have higher life satisfaction than those with children (regardless of whether they resided in the home). Results provided further support that retirees not living with a partner have greater perceived stress in retirement. Females also indicated greater global perceived stress than males. A profile of retirees vulnerable to experiencing retirement stress is formulated based on the results of the present study and past research findings. Possible avenues for future research in the area of retirement stress are suggested.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .L36. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-10, Section: B, page: 5276. Adviser: Kenneth Cramer. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.