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Research Article  |   January 1983
Leisure Participation and the Retirement Process
Author Affiliations
  • Tara Broderick, M.S., OTR, is an occupational therapist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Washington Heights Community Service, New York, New York
  • Belinda Glazer, M.S., OTR, is an occupational therapist, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
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Research Article   |   January 1983
Leisure Participation and the Retirement Process
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1983, Vol. 37, 15-22. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.1.15
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1983, Vol. 37, 15-22. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.1.15
Abstract

The influence of pre-retirement leisure activity patterns on retirement planning and attitudes toward retirement was investigated. Sixty male retirees answered a questionnaire designed to collect data regarding sociodemographic variables, the degree of pre-retirement planning, the type and extent of leisure participation before and after retirement, and attitudes about retirement. The results show that a high degree of pre-retirement leisure participation correlates with a high degree of pre-retirement planning. No statistically significant relationships were demonstrated between pre-retirement planning and retirement attitudes or between pre-retirement leisure participation and retirement attitudes. The influence of specific types of activities on the retirement process was also examined and results are presented.

. . . For us, in occupational therapy, the most fundamental area of research is, and probably always will be, the nature and meaning of activity.(Mary Reilly, 1, p 208)