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Psychology  2024 

“Navigating between Worlds: Understanding the Mental Health Dynamics of Corporate Expatriates in Multicultural Environments in Singapore”: A Qualitative Study

DOI: 10.4236/psych.2024.152014, PP. 247-262

Keywords: Corporate Expatriates, Multicultural Environment, Mental Health, Midlife Crisis, Executive Expatriates, Identity, Belonging, Well-Being

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The journey of human development is a continuous process that spans from infancy to old age, with adulthood presenting unique developmental challenges and opportunities. Central to this stage is the role of work, which significantly impacts the quality of life. The workplace serves as a crucible for personal growth, social interactions, and identity formation. The concept of a midlife crisis, a period of intense introspection and lifestyle change typically occurring between ages 40 and 60, is a critical aspect of adult development. Objective: This study aims to explore the specific experiences of mid-level executive expatriates in Singapore, focusing on their identity, sense of belonging, and mental well-being. It seeks to understand how the multicultural work environment in Singapore affects these expatriates’ identities and mental health, particularly during the midlife phase, which is characterized by career reassessment and personal transitions. Methodology: The research employs interpretative phenomenological analysis to deeply understand the participants’ experiences. This qualitative approach involves conducting semi-structured in-depth interviews with 12 middle-aged executive expatriates in Singapore. The methodology is designed to capture rich, personal narratives that reveal how these individuals navigate their unique challenges. Conclusion: The study reveals significant insights into the intertwining of career and personal identity among mid-level executive expatriates, highlighting the critical role of relationships in their happiness and well-being. It also sheds light on the strategies these individuals employ for future planning and coping with midlife transitions. The findings contribute valuable perspectives on the mental health challenges and adaptation strategies of expatriates in multicultural environments, emphasizing the complex interplay between work, identity, and well-being in the context of midlife development.

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