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Willingness to Participate in Job-Related Training as One Approaches Retirement

Title: Willingness to Participate in Job-Related Training as One Approaches Retirement.
Name(s): Rojas, Frank, author
Department of Psychology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2009
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Workers are increasingly becoming older and due to economic and societal conditions retirement is being discouraged (Ford &Orel, 2005). These individuals will continue to work for their employer and to be viable they may be willing to take on job-related training. An important factor that can influence an individual to accept training is motivation. One aspect of motivation is the Socio-emotional Selectivity Theory framework that Carstensen, Isaacowitz, and Charles (1999) proposed. It sees time as fundamental to motivation, suggesting that people with shorter time frames will seek emotional gratifications and those with longer frames will prefer information seeking gratification to further their careers. I tested predictions from this framework. Individuals with shorter time frames until retirement should be less willing to participate in job-related training than those with longer time frames. After running regressions using data from Workforce Ageing in the New Economy (WANE) data set and taking into account additional factors such as the correlation of age with time until retirement and excluding those with extreme amounts of training, there was little support for this assumption. However, there is a trend in the right direction. Further studies need to be done to investigate types of training given, reasons for retirement at chosen time, personality, within different industries and firm sizes.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0111 (IID)
Keywords: Retirement, Age, Job-related training, Socio-emotional Selectivity Theory
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2009.
Subject(s): Developmental psychology
Psychology, Industrial
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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