This program of research, examines the contribution that social factors make to retirement adjustment. It has explored how social factors, compared to other factors (such as health, finances, etc) influence outcomes. Findings from a meta-analysis under review, show just how central social factors are to positive adjustment. Additional studies examine the extent to which the nature of retiree's social group memberships (i.e., the quality, type and diversity of their group) predicts retirement adjustment and mental health in those who have recently retired.

Project members

Professor Catherine Haslam

Professor Catherine Haslam

SIGNify Director
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neuropsychology
The University of Queensland
Dr Sarah Bentley

Dr Sarah Bentley

Research Fellow, SIGN Deputy Director
The University of Queensland
Crystal La Rue

Crystal La Rue

Research Assistant
PhD Candidate
The University of Queensland
Associate Professor Nik Steffens

Associate Professor Nik Steffens

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology
The University of Queensland
Professor Alex Haslam

Professor Alex Haslam

SIGNify Co-Director
Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology
The University of Queensland
Associate Professor Tegan Cruwys

Associate Professor Tegan Cruwys

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
Associate Professor in Psychology
The Australian National University