Dr. Georg Henning

Scientist. Research


Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA)
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12101 Berlin


Dr. Georg Henning
+49 30 260740-71
+49 30 260740-33


Research Interests

  • Retirement adjustment
  • Well-being and mental health over the life span
  • The role of historical context in aging
  • Work in older age

Research Projects

  • Historical Differences in Levels and Predictors of Retirement Adjustment (funded by the German Research Foundation)


  • 2014 Diploma in Psychology, University of Potsdam
  • 2019 PhD in Psychology, University of Gothenburg
  • 2011-2013 Student Assistant, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin
  • 2014-2015 Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
  • 2015-2019 PhD Student, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
  • Since 11/2019 Researcher, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin

Selected Publications

  • Henning, G., Segel-Karpas, D., Stenling, A., & Huxhold, O. (in press). Subjective well-being across the retirement transition – historical differences and the role of perceived control. Psychology and Aging. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000662
  • Henning, G., Johansson, B., Lindwall, M., & Huxhold, O. (2021). Retirement adjustment in Germany from 1996 to 2014. Work, Aging and Retirement. DOI: 10.1093/workar/waab027
  • Henning, G., Segel-Karpas, D., Bjälkebring, P., & Berg, A.I. (2021). Autonomy and loneliness – longitudinal within- and between-person associations among Swedish older adults. Aging & Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2021.2000937
  • Henning, G., Berg, A.I., Cengia, A., Hansson, I., Spuling, S.M., & Wettstein, M. (2021). Do neuroticism and conscientiousness interact with health conditions in predicting 4-year changes in self-rated health among Swedish older adults? Psychology and Aging, 36(6), 730–743. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000626
  • Bjälkebring, P., Henning, G., Västfjäll, D., Dickert, S., Brehmer, Y., Hansson, I., & Johansson, B. (2021). Helping out or helping yourself? Volunteering and life satisfaction across the retirement transition. Psychology and Aging, 36(1), 119–130. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000576
  • Henning, G., Stenling, A., Bielak, A.A.M., Bjälkebring, P., Gow, A.J., Kivi, M., Muniz-Terrera, G., Johansson, B., & Lindwall, M. (2021). Towards an active and happy retirement? Changes in leisure activity and mental health during the retirement transition. Aging & Mental Health, 25(4), 621-631. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1709156
  • Stenling, A., Henning, G., Bjälkebring, P., Tafvelin, S., Kivi, M., Johansson, B., & Lindwall, M. (2021). Basic psychological need satisfaction across the retirement transition: changes and longitudinal associations with depressive symptoms. Motivation & Emotion, 45, 75–90. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-020-09854-2
  • Hansson, I., Henning, G., Buratti, S., Lindwall, M., Kivi, M., Johansson, B., & Berg, A.I. (2020). The role of personality in retirement adjustment: longitudinal evidence for the effects on life satisfaction. Journal of Personality, 88, 642-658. DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12516
  • Henning, G., Bjälkebring, P., Stenling, A., Thorvaldsson, V., Johansson, B., & Lindwall, M. (2019). Changes in within- and between-person associations between basic psychological need satisfaction and well-being after retirement. Journal of Research in Personality, 79,151-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.03.008
  • Henning, G., Stenling, A., Tafvelin, S., Hansson, I., Kivi, M., Johansson, B., & Lindwall, M. (2019). Preretirement work motivation and subsequent retirement adjustment: A self-determination theory perspective. Work, Aging and Retirement, 5,189-203. DOI: 10.1093/workar/way017
  • Henning, G., Hansson, I., Berg, A.I., Lindwall, M., & Johansson, B. (2017). The role of personality for subjective well-being in the retirement transition: comparing variable- and person-oriented models. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 385-392. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.017
  • Henning, G., Lindwall, M., & Johansson, B. (2016). Continuity in well-being in the transition to retirement. GeroPsych, 29, 225- 237. DOI: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000155


A complete list can be found here.