Aging women and men in the medical profession: the effect of gender and marital status on successful aging and retirement intent in Australian doctors

Carmelle Peisah*, Georgina M. Luscombe, Joanne K. Earl, Chanaka Wijeratne

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    Abstract

    Despite increasing interest from the medical profession in aging and retirement, we know little about effects of gender, marital status, and cohort on aging within the profession. We surveyed 1,048 Australian doctors from “younger” (55–64) and “older” (65–89) cohorts, investigating gender and marital effects on perceptions of successful aging, career, and retirement intent. Women intend to retire earlier. Younger cohort and married women more frequently viewed their career as a calling, while women in general, and single women more frequently, endorsed personal successful aging more than men. Broader understanding of the different experiences of aging for men and women doctors is needed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-107
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Women and Aging
    Volume31
    Issue number2
    Early online date8 Dec 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • doctors
    • physicians
    • retirement
    • retirement intentions
    • successful aging

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