A Psychological Appraisal of Pre-Retirement Anxiety Among Some Selected Workers in Lagos Metropolis

Odunayo Tunde Arogundade


This study presents the findings on workers reaction to retirement in Lagos metropolis. A total number of eight hundred (800) participants (M=400, F= 400) were randomly selected from both private and public sector organisations in Lagos metropolis. The data were collected using a pre-retirement anxiety scale (PAS) developed, standardized and validated by the researcher along side with emotional intelligence and self-efficacy scales. Simple percentages, independent t test and linear regression analyses were used for analysed the data. Some of the findings include: a) Workers classified as possessing low emotional intelligence and self efficacy reported higher pre-retirement anxiety compared to their counterparts who possessed high emotional intelligence and self efficacy. b) There were inverse relationships between emotional intelligence and pre-retirement anxiety on the one hand and self-efficacy and pre-retirement anxiety on the other hand. c) Workers’ levels of emotional intelligence and self-efficacy were important predictors of pre-retirement anxiety as they both accounted for 32% variance in pre-retirement anxiety. The implications of the findings in terms of minimizing pre-retirement anxiety were discussed and recommendations were made accordingly.


Retirement; Pre-retirement anxiety; Emotional intelligence; Self-efficacy

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