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Age, and midcareer crisis: An empirical study of academics

Entrekin, L.V. and Everett, J.E. (1981) Age, and midcareer crisis: An empirical study of academics. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 19 (1). pp. 84-97.

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This study develops an empirical basis for examining the midcareer crisis/ transition period of academic staff surveyed by questionnaire in four Australian Universities and Colleges. A total of 672 usable returns were obtained, representing a response rate of 52% of the academic staff. Principal components and factor analysis were used to establish latent social-role variables. Analysis of variance and covariance was applied using the latent social-role variables as dependent variables and occupational attributes such as age, sex, etc., as independent variables. The variable age was isolated from the larger study in this paper to illustrate empirically a midcareer crisis period for the population studied which is consistent with the general literature on midcareer crisis/transition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Academic Press
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