An intervention to support professional driver retirement transition: results of a pilot study for older taxi drivers in Singapore

Chan, Mei Leng, Gustafsson, Louise and Liddle, Jacki (2015) An intervention to support professional driver retirement transition: results of a pilot study for older taxi drivers in Singapore. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 6: 391-400. doi:10.1177/0308022614562400


Author Chan, Mei Leng
Gustafsson, Louise
Liddle, Jacki
Title An intervention to support professional driver retirement transition: results of a pilot study for older taxi drivers in Singapore
Journal name British Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-6006
0308-0226
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0308022614562400
Volume 78
Issue 6
Start page 391
End page 400
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction Older taxi drivers in Singapore face mandatory retirement at 73 years of age, often marked by the simultaneous loss of the worker and driver roles. The Driver Retirement Program was developed as an intervention to support this transition.

Method A pre- and post-experimental design was conducted with retired 73-year-old, male taxi drivers (n = 15) to investigate the hypotheses: (i) the Driver Retirement Program would increase activity participation (e.g. time use) and wellbeing (e.g. mood) outcomes at immediate post-intervention and (ii) maintain these changes at 3 months’ follow-up. Non-parametric tests were used to compare changes between (i) pre- and post-intervention and (ii) 3 months follow-up to post-intervention. Participants’ feedback on the Driver Retirement Program was obtained using a semi-structured questionnaire.

Results The Driver Retirement Program significantly improved mood, self-efficacy and satisfaction with individualised goals at post-intervention and maintained these changes at 3 months’ follow-up. A significant decrease in time spent alone was found at follow-up compared with post-intervention. Participants rated high satisfaction with the Driver Retirement Program but also recommended a shorter programme without compulsory group sessions.

Conclusion The Driver Retirement Program was useful to support some aspects of work and driver retirement transition. Further work to enhance sensitivity to cultural and gender issues is indicated.
Keyword Retirement
Intervention
Taxi driver
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
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