Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Age and the Psychological Contract

  • P. Matthijs BalEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_24


Aging workers; Employee motivation; Employment relationship; Older workers


Psychological contracts describe the exchange relationships between employees and organizations. It consists of the unwritten mutual obligations between the two parties. In the current chapter, three ways through which age has an impact on the psychological contract are described. First, age can have an impact on the type of obligations employees exchange with their employers. Secondly, age can have an effect through influencing the type of psychological contract (i.e., transactional or relational) employees have with their organization. Finally, age influences the responses employees show towards breach and violation of the psychological contract.


The aging population has important implications for workforces, organizations, and employees (Bal et al. 2015; United Nations 2009). Throughout the Western world, the average age of the populations is increasing due to decreased...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of BathBathUK