Bridge employment and retirees' health: a longitudinal investigation

Yujie Zhan, Mo Wang, Songqi Liu, Kenneth S. Shultz

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between bridge employment and retirees' health outcomes (i.e., major diseases, functional limitations, and mental health). We used a nationally representative sample of 12,189 retirees from the first 4 waves of the Health and Retirement Study. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that compared with full retirement, engaging in bridge employment either in a career field or in a different field was associated with fewer major diseases and functional limitations, whereas engaging in career bridge employment was associated with better mental health. The findings highlight the health benefits of engaging in bridge employment for retirees. The practical implications of this study are discussed at both the individual and policy levels. Limitations of the current findings are also noted in conjunction with future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-389
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bridge employment
  • health outcomes
  • retirement

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