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Do Aging Employees Benefit from Self-Regulative Strategies? : A Follow-Up Study (2021)

Mauno, S., & Minkkinen, J. (2021). Do Aging Employees Benefit from Self-Regulative Strategies? : A Follow-Up Study. Research on Aging, 43(9-10), 335-344. https://doi.org/10.1177/0164027520958582

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Mauno, Saija; Minkkinen, Jaana

Journal or series: Research on Aging

ISSN: 0164-0275

eISSN: 1552-7573

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 43

Issue number: 9-10

Pages range: 335-344

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0164027520958582

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71862


SOC-strategies (selection, optimization, and compensation) are crucial for well-being and adaptation throughout the life course. The workforce is aging rapidly, thus the age-conditional premises of SOC theory require attention. This study explored (1) whether older employees used SOC strategies more often (compared to younger employees), and (2) whether older employees benefited more from SOC strategies in relation to occupational well-being (job burnout, work engagement). The study was based on follow-up data including three occupational subsamples of different age (N = 1,020). There were no significant age-conditional differences in the take-up of SOC strategies. However, older (white-collar) employees benefited more from compensation and elective selection in relation to occupational well-being. Moreover, older employees also benefited more from using all SOC strategies concerning occupational well-being. Strengthening older employees' SOC strategies needs more attention as the workforce is aging.

Keywords: ageing; working life; ageing employees; well-being at work; self-regulation (psychology); adaptation (change); follow-up study

Free keywords: age-conditional effects; compensation; follow-up study; occupational well-being; optimization; selection

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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