Author: Mak, Sau Ying
Title: Career success, midlife crisis and wellbeing : can calling help?
Advisors: Huang, Xu (MM)
Liu, Wu (MM)
Degree: D.B.A.
Year: 2019
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Midlife crisis
Career development
Middle age -- Psychological aspects
Department: Faculty of Business
Pages: vi, 107 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: Midlife, roughly in the age range of 40 or 45 to 65 years, is supposed to mark the peak of one's career and intuitively career success is likely to help reduce midlife crisis. However, feeling successful at midlife could also cause high stress that contributes to emotional exhaustion. As such, this study aims to investigate the association between career success and midlife crisis, which in turn influences an individual's wellbeing. I propose that calling, a meaningful passion that people experience in a work domain, may posit an impact on the relationship between career success and midlife crisis. I further propose that one can convert crisis to opportunity when he/she seizes or creates changes from the surroundings or mindset, as calling, to achieve better wellbeing. Using a two-wave sample of 331 respondents collected through an online survey platform, I found (1) a negative relationship between career success and midlife crisis; and that midlife crisis can worse one's wellbeing; (2) a moderating effect of calling upon the association between career success and midlife crisis. Specifically, compared with low calling, one's wellbeing increases faster and positive in high calling when the path of career success progresses. In addition, a partial mediation effect among career success, midlife crisis and wellbeing was also found. This study comprehends existing midlife crisis literature and offers practical insight to individuals who may be going through midlife crisis and are able to dissolve it by having a calling for better wellbeing.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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