Social Security Administration Grant: Psychological Resilience as a Health Resource in the Context of Stressful Life Events in Later Life


Using Health and Retirement Study data together with rich job characteristic data from O*NET, we will identify variables related to work context that characterize jobs based on levels of physiological and psychological stress. We will evaluate differences by race/ethnicity, explore whether these characteristics relate to disabled work status/retirement timing, and explore whether these associations differ by race. We will explore implications of these results for older adults’ financial security and discuss implications for the Social Security Trust fund.


Amanda Sonnega

Dawn Carr

Brooke Helppie-McFall



Time frame

October 2022 – September 2023

Total award