Masculinities, work, and retirement among older men who experience depression

Oliffe, John L., Rasmussen, Brian, Bottorff, Joan L., Kelly, Mary T., Galdas, Paul M., Phinney, Alison and Ogrodniczuk, John S. (2013) Masculinities, work, and retirement among older men who experience depression. Qualitative Health Research, 23 12: 1626-1637. doi:10.1177/1049732313509408

Author Oliffe, John L.
Rasmussen, Brian
Bottorff, Joan L.
Kelly, Mary T.
Galdas, Paul M.
Phinney, Alison
Ogrodniczuk, John S.
Title Masculinities, work, and retirement among older men who experience depression
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732313509408
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 12
Start page 1626
End page 1637
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract The high incidence of depression among older men has been linked to numerous factors. In this qualitative descriptive study of 30 older, Canadian-based men who experienced depression, we explored the connections between participants' depression, masculinities, work, and retirement. Our analyses revealed three thematic findings. The recursive relationship between depression and work was reflected in depression impeding and emerging from paid work, whereby men's careers and work achievements were negatively impacted by depression amid assertions that unfulfilling work could also invoke depression. Lost or unrealized empires highlighted the centrality of wealth accumulation and negative impact of many participants' unfulfilled paid work aspirations. Retirement as loss and the therapeutic value of work reflected how masculine ideals influenced men to continue working to avoid the losses they associated with retirement. The findings confirm the need to support men's work-related transitions by affirming a diversity of masculine identities beyond traditional workman/breadwinner roles.
Keyword Depression
Men's health
Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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