International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

The work concerns of the faculty at midlife: A phenomenological case study

Galvin A. Galeon
  • Galvin A. Galeon
  • University of San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu City, Philippines.
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  •  Received: 22 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 20 March 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015


Midlife as a phenomenon is truly enigmatic. Oftentimes, it is associated with changing images and myths that include midlife crisis, change of life, the empty nest and many more. On the other hand, some revealed midlife to be simply a calm transition. This study then sought to explore the work concerns of the faculty midlifers of one of the prestigious universities of Cebu City, Philippines. Concerns at work are the aspects and events in their job as a faculty member which they perceived to cause anxiety, depression, and stress. The data of this research were collected through phenomenological case study using in depth face-to-face interviews (FFI) and a focus group interview (FGI). There were eighteen (18) participants who were purposely selected for the FFI. Another six (6) participants joined the FGI. Data garnered from the FFI and FGI were collated, transcribed and coded to find out their themes. From the themes of findings, meanings were formulated based on the theories of Havighurst and Erikson. This research revealed that teachers at midlife are committed to their profession but at times affected by the unsatisfactory performance of the students and lack of support from the administration. They likewise express their needs to continually update their knowledge to remain effective in their jobs.

Key words: Concerns at work, faculty at midlife, Filipino teachers, midlife, phenomenology.