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Reaction of Housewives to the Retirement of Their Husbands

Elizabeth A. Hill and Lorraine T. Dorfman
Family Relations
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 195-200
DOI: 10.2307/584397
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584397
Page Count: 6
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Reaction of Housewives to the Retirement of Their Husbands
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Abstract

This study investigated the reactions of housewives to the early years of their husbands' retirement. Interviews were conducted with 36 housewives whose husbands had recently retired from a number of occupations at a midwestern university. Positive and negative aspects of retirement and a range of variables associated with life satisfaction and with three specific domains of satisfaction were investigated. All respondents reported positive aspects of their husbands' retirement, but a large majority also reported negative aspects. The most consistent correlate of satisfaction of wife was participation of husband in household tasks.

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