A pilot study to explore occupational balance in retirement transition in Singapore.
Transitioning from work to retirement has been discussed as a complicated process, which may influence the retirees’ well-being and adjustment to the transition. Moreover, retirement transition may cause changes to the retirees’ occupational structure, and thus it may prevent them from achieving occupational balance during the transition. Although there exists various literature that explores retirement transition and its impact on the retirees, there however lacks research that examines retirement transition in an occupational perspective. As such, this study proposes to explore occupational balance in retirement transition. This will help provide insights into the retirement transition experiences of the retirees. It will also allow for an understanding of the challenges that prevents the retirees from achieving occupational balance in retirement transition, and identify the facilitators that may help them to do so. Within this study, the current literature, concerning the retirees’ experiences and perspectives of retirement transition, will be reviewed and critically analysed. It will inform of the factors that may influence the retirees from achieving occupational balance in retirement transition. Through the review, it had indicated that further research has to be conducted to explore the relationship between retirement transition and occupational balance. Thus, this study further proposes to carry out a qualitative pilot research with three participants in Singapore. A semi-structured interview, that lasts ninety minutes each, will be conducted to explore the retirement transition experiences of the retirees, and also to examine the factors that may contribute to achieving occupational balance in retirement transition.