Bridge Employment and Retirees' Health: A Longitudinal Investigation

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 4, 374–389

16 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2015

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Yujie Zhan

University of Maryland

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management

Songqi Liu

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Kenneth Shultz

California State University, San Bernardino

Date Written: October 2009

Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between bridge employment and retirees’ health outcomes (i.e., major diseases, functional limitations, and mental health). We used a nationally representative sample of 12,189 retirees from the first 4 waves of the Health and Retirement Study. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that compared with full retirement, engaging in bridge employment either in a career field or in a different field was associated with fewer major diseases and functional limitations, whereas engaging in career bridge employment was associated with better mental health. The findings highlight the health benefits of engaging in bridge employment for retirees. The practical implications of this study are discussed at both the individual and policy levels. Limitations of the current findings are also noted in conjunction with future research directions.

Keywords: bridge employment, retirement, health outcomes, mental health, physical health

Suggested Citation

Zhan, Yujie and Wang, Mo and Liu, Songqi and Shultz, Kenneth, Bridge Employment and Retirees' Health: A Longitudinal Investigation (October 2009). Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 4, 374–389. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639759

Yujie Zhan

University of Maryland ( email )

College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Mo Wang (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Songqi Liu

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 4050
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Kenneth Shultz

California State University, San Bernardino ( email )

5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
United States

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