RETIREMENT TRANSITIONA DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH

Motivations for studying psychological dimensions of "retirement transition" in a portuguese sample are presented. "Retirement transition" is conceptualized through a "life-span" framework and this paper attempts to provide an overview of the "exploratory work" developed previously in order to decide suitable guidelines for a larger study concerning a psychological approach of transition and adaptation to retirement in the portuguese population. Some general coping mechanisms to promote a better quality of life in retirement period are also highlighted.