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Career development and older workers: A study evaluating adaptability in older workers using Hall's model

Merwyn L Strate, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This qualitative case study described the development of adaptive competence in older workers using a Model of Adaptability and Adaptation developed by Dr. Douglas T. Hall (2002). The model was a theoretical, literature based, model first published in 2002. Few studies have focused on the development of adaptability in workers when faced with change and no studies have focused on the development of adaptability in older workers. The focus of the study was on Hall's three constructs of adaptive competence; identity exploration, response capacity and integrative potential. ^ This study was an exploratory case study with multiple informants. The participants studied were purposely selected by key informants from a data base of older workers at a large public school organization in the Midwest. The selection was based on the exhibition of characteristics that demonstrated higher levels of adaptability base on their behaviors, outcomes and activities. Data were collected in the form of interviews, records and observations. The study found that adaptability could be measured and that the constructs of adaptive competence in Hall's model were valid. Suggestions were made to improve the model and for further research. A deeper understanding of the process of adaptability in older workers developed as the study concluded. ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Education, Adult and Continuing|Psychology, Industrial

Recommended Citation

Strate, Merwyn L, "Career development and older workers: A study evaluating adaptability in older workers using Hall's model" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3147158.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3147158

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