G4R:
Groups 4 Retirement

Over 3 million Australians are currently retired from the work force, and while we know financial planning is important in this process about a third of people still fail to adjust well despite this planning. Research is now pointing to the importance of social networks, and our study investigates the contribution that these relationships make to retirement adjustment.

We are looking for people who are willing to take part in a research study looking at the role that social networks make to retirement adjustment and well-being.

The study is being conducted by researchers at The University of Queensland, and has been reviewed and approved by the Behavioural and Social Sciences Ethical Review Committee (Approval Number: 2015001736). Taking part will involve you answering some questions in an online survey about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships, and sources of support and well-being.

If you are retired or about to retire and would like to be involved, please select one of the following options:

For those who are approaching retirement…

If you are about to retire and would like to undertake our online survey, please click the “Survey: I am APPROACHING Retirement” button above. Participation takes about 30 minutes, and after completing this we will contact you at retirement and a few months after retirement, to see if you are willing to answer similar questions. The purpose of this is to track your experience in the transition to retirement. These surveys will each take the same amount of time to complete.

For those who have already retired…

If you have already retired and would like to be involved in our online study, please click the
Survey: I am ALREADY retired” button above.
Participation takes about 30 minutes.

Research Evidence

Click here to download. File size: 345kb.

Steffens, N.K., Cruwys, T., Haslam, C., Jetten, J., & Haslam, S.A. (2016). Social group memberships in retirement are associated with reduced risk of premature death : Evidence from a longitudinal cohort study. BMJ Open6, e010164.

Press coverage in UQ News: Want a longer life? Join the club!

The Groups 4 Retirement project is part of the Groups 4 Health program. The project is being led by Professor Catherine Haslam, Polly Fong, and Ashleigh Kelly, B.Psych.Sci.(Hons I). If you have any questions about the project please get in touch with us via the following email: polly.fong@uq.net.au.