Psychological Effects of the Transition to Retirement

  • John W. Osborne University of Alberta
Keywords: Counsellor Education, Retirement,


Psychological effects of disengagement from a work life and the transition to retirement are discussed. These effects include partial identity disruption, decision paralysis, diminished self trust, experience of a post retirement void, the search for meaningful engagement in society, development of a retirement/life structure, the confluence of aging and retirement, death anxiety, the critical nurturing of social relationships, and self-actualization. Some aspects of preretirement life that can be predictive of a successful transition are also presented. This article is relevant for both counsellors and retirement advisors, whose clients may be planning retirement or have retired.

Author Biography

John W. Osborne, University of Alberta
Dept. Educational Psychology Professor Emeritus
How to Cite
Osborne, J. W. (2011). Psychological Effects of the Transition to Retirement. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 46(1). Retrieved from
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