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Towards an active and happy retirement? Changes in leisure activity and depressive symptoms during the retirement transition

Journal article
Authors Georg Henning
Andreas Stenling
Pär Bjälkebring
Alan J. Gow
Marie Kivi
Graciela Muniz-Terrera
B Johansson
Magnus Lindwall
Published in Aging and Mental Health
ISSN 13607863
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Psychology
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Language en
Keywords depressive symptoms, Leisure activity, retirement adjustment
Subject categories Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology), Cognitive science, Psychology


© 2020, © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Objectives: Retirement is a major life transition in the second half of life, and it can be associated with changes in leisure activity engagement. Although theories of retirement adjustment have emphasized the need to find meaningful activities in retirement, little is known about the nature of changes in leisure activity during the retirement transition and their association with mental health. Methods: Based on four annual waves of the ‘Health, Aging and Retirement Transitions in Sweden’ study, we investigated the longitudinal association of leisure activity engagement and depressive symptoms using bivariate dual change score models. We distinguished intellectual, social, and physical activity engagement. Results: We found increases in all three domains of activity engagement after retirement. Although level and change of activity and depressive symptoms were negatively associated, the coupling parameters were not significant, thus the direction of effects remains unclear. Conclusion: The results highlight the need to consider the role of lifestyle changes for retirement adjustment and mental health.

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