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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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ANTUNES, Marcos Henrique; SOARES, Dulce Helena Penna  e  MORE, Carmen Leontina Ojeda Ocampo. The process of retiring: experiences narrated by retired couples. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp. 793-811. ISSN 1808-4281.

The present article analyzes the experiences related to retirement from the perspective of retired couples. It is a qualitative study consisting of 6 participating couples who have been retired for at least one year. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and, further on, organized and analyzed according to the principles of Grounded Theory. The results have shown that the participants life context was a determinant factor for their decision to retire, considering the references presented by them ranged from friends, co-workers and spouses retiring experiences, added  to the fatigue from the professional life and the implications of situations of social violence. Different conceptions and ideas of the meaning of retirement were observed, which demonstrate both the possibility of enjoying free time away from work and expanding social and family contact networks, as well as a more negative view concerning retirement and its consequences to the life of an individual. Last, it is important to consider the relational context of the active worker and the retiree during interventions with both groups, aiming to construct a broad apprehension of the potentially facilitator and/or hindering conditions of this period.

Palavras-chave : retirement; work; spouses; couple.

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