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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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QUISHIDA, Alessandra  and  CASADO, Tania. Adaptation to career transition in middle age. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2009, vol.10, n.2, pp. 81-92. ISSN 1984-7270.

The objective of this exploratory study was to deepen the understanding of adaptation to career transition in middle age by means of a psychological construct: the locus of control. This is a qualitative research, in which two investigation techniques were used: the Julian B. Rotter’s locus of control inventory and semistructured interview. Findings showed that individuals that overcame career transitions were the ones who kept focused on themselves, mainly in the most delicate phases of this process. Those individuals had confidence in their potentials, in spite of not knowing exactly how to use them. Therefore, the following research hypothesis is proposed for future investigations: the internal locus of control facilitates adaptation to career transition in middle age.

Keywords : Career planning; Career management; Professional development; Rotter’s intern-extern locus of control scale; Middle age.

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