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Midcareer Transitions: A Qualitative Study Examining The Developmental Relationships, Attitudes, Networks and Strategies of Frontline Workers that Seek Career Development and Advancement Open Access

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In this qualitative case study, the researcher explored the relationship between developmental relationships and career attitudes orientation of frontline behavioral healthcare professionals that are career transitioners. Participant responses were analyzed using the perceived need for development and mediating process of of the Higgins and Krams (2001) developmental networks theory and the Briscoe, Hall & Frautschy Demuth (2006) Protean Attitudes Scales to understand if the career attitude orientation of participants informed either of these constructs.Four noticeable themes emerged as part of the analysis. 1) There is minimal evidence to imply a strong relationship between protean career attitudes and developmental relationships of the study participants. 2) Study participants leverage non-work relationships as a core part of their developmental seeking behavior within their developmental network. 3) Study participants use multiple and varying relationships across different networks to obtain support during career development. 4) Study participants indicate that worker center pedagogy of joint union management workforce development programs as influential in career development.

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