Couple CARE in Retirement: Helping Couples Plan for Retirement Together

Anqi Ho (Angie) (). Couple CARE in Retirement: Helping Couples Plan for Retirement Together Professional Doctorate, University of Queensland, The University of Queensland.

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Author Anqi Ho (Angie)
Thesis Title Couple CARE in Retirement: Helping Couples Plan for Retirement Together
School, Centre or Institute University of Queensland
Institution The University of Queensland
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Prof Kim Halford
Total pages 137
Language eng
Subjects 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract/Summary This thesis aims to adapt Couple CARE program, using the resource-based dynamic perspective, to develop a program to assist older adults plan for retirement (Couple CARE in Retirement). It also aims to assess the feasibility of this adapted program. There were two studies. In Study 1, 18 participants (nine couples) engaged in couple interviews to explore their conceptualisation of retirement and perceived needs for a successful retirement. Couples identified areas of interest similar to those identified in the research literature, particularly around the overall theme of having meaningful activities in retirement. In addition, couples highlighted the importance of communication and joint decision-making. Study 2 assessed if the program produced expected changes in retirement self-efficacy and couple adjustment, and if couples saw program’s content as helpful and appropriate. There were 46 participants (23 couples) participated in the pilot program, which consisted of a full-day workshop and a follow-up telephone session approximately one week after the workshop. Couples were assessed pre and post-program. Study 2 replicated previous retirement planning programs’ results in improving retirement confidence (with a few gender differences) and extended previous research by showing that a couple focus had benefits for relationship satisfaction and dyadic coping. Thus, having a couple-focused program is appealing to couples planning for retirement. Future research of randomised controlled trials with longer follow-up periods could help determine the value of the program.
Keyword Couples
Relationship education
Retirement planning

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Created: Tue, 19 Jan 2016, 14:44:12 EST by Anqi Ho on behalf of Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences