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Personality and Motivation in Retired Adults: Online Survey

An opportunity for retired adults to contribute to the knowledge on the factors predicting more adaptive retirement experience.

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There is a significant evidence that social environment affects people’s motivation in different life situations but recent research has also demonstrated an important role of personality characteristics in motivation. It is also known that individual differences affect adjustment to retirement and the ageing process. For example, individuals high in conscientiousness and openness are more likely to have more satisfying retirement experience compared with typical individuals.

Understanding how personality affects retired adults’ motivation and behaviour in different life scenarios and their leisure habits will help improve our understanding of what makes for a happy retirement and potentially inform a future intervention focusing on promoting health and well-being in older people. As such, the aim of the current research is to explore the role of personality in motivation among retired adults.  

Volunteer Criteria

Retired participants, both males and females, at any stage of retirement from different age groups.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to fill in an online questionnaire pack which should take around 50 minutes. You can if needed, take a short break at any stage of the survey. However, the answers cannot be saved automatically so the survey should be completed in one go.

If you require a paper version of the survey, please get in touch.

When and where?

The survey is available to complete any time up until 18th January 2019.

Will I get anything for taking part?

By taking part in this survey study, participants will contribute to the knowledge on motivation during retirement. It is hoped that the findings will improve the understanding of what makes for a happy retirement and inform a future intervention promoting health and well-being in older adults.

Personality and Motivation in Retired Adults: Online Survey Discussion

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  • Marjorie  DeAth
    7th November 2018

    I think those women1950s 1960s who married, had children and actually preferred to stay at home with them then did whatever fitted best into family life AND enjoyed this freedom AND didn't feel 'a career' was the only life to have.... adapt best to giving up work completely. Wasn't I lucky! No savings, no cruises but my identity was mine not a job title.

    How out of step with the times can you be!

  • Ian Fairclough
    5th November 2018

    I wonder what this means - "adaptive retirement experience."

    I Googled it but I'm still none the wiser.

    Ian Fairclough
    5th November 2018

    I've done the survey - but I'm still none the wiser :(

    Anastasiia Fadeeva
    6th November 2018

    Hi Ian! Thank you for your question and apologise for the confusion. By adaptive retirement we mean a complex process that involves retirement preparation, retirement adjustment, psychological and lifestyle adaptation. Different individuals have different experiences in their retirement adaptation, and so in our research we aim to understand what factors predict more positive and healthy retirement. Hope it helps but feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.