Perceived agency in retirement and retiree drinking behavior: The moderating effect of pre-retirement job valence

Bacharach Samuel, Bamberger Peter, Biron Michal, Horowitz Mickey

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Based on recent findings that post-retirement adjustment may be influenced by the conditions leading up to the decision to retire, we examine the impact of individual agency in the retirement decision on problematic drinking behavior, as well as the extent to which such an effect may itself depend upon the valence of the pre-retirement work experience. Using a sample of 304 blue-collar retirees, our findings indicate that, when controlling for pre-retirement drinking behavior, perceptions of retirement as the result of a more forced or involuntary decision are associated with greater alcohol consumption, while perceptions of retirement as the result of a more volitional or voluntary process are associated with lower levels of alcohol consumption and a lower risk of problematic drinking behavior. Our results also indicate that pre-retirement job satisfaction amplifies the former relationship, while attenuating the latter one.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2008 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 8 Aug 200813 Aug 2008


Conference68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
All authors contributed equally. Names appear in alphabetical order. Research for this article was supported by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant, 5 R01 AA011976.


  • Job satisfaction
  • Retirement
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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