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Research Seminar Series - Midlife - crisis or contentment? A mixed-method exploration of meaning in life during middle adulthood

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START DATE 03 April 2019

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre

END DATE 03 April 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on April 3rd from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park.

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 250 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Aditi, Anita and Lynda will deliver seminar on:

“Midlife - crisis or contentment? A mixed-method exploration of meaning in life during middle adulthood”

 Aditi Bhatia, Anita Kashi, and Lynda Hyland


Meaning in life has been the recipient of growing empirical interest within the last decade; however, its relevance during the midlife transition remains largely unexplored. A mixed-method analysis was undertaken to assess factors associated with the search for, and presence of, meaning in life during middle adulthood. Multiple regression analysis of data from 152 participants in the UAE, revealed that personal growth, self-compassion and materialism were significantly predictive of both search for, and presence of, meaning in life. The analysis of five participant interviews using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) generated three central themes related to spirituality, altruism and the midlife transition, along with other psychosocial factors and misconceptions regarding the midlife crisis. The findings provide significant contributions to the domains of positive psychology and lifespan development. A shift from the crisis approach to a more positive outlook towards midlife is thus recommended.


Aditi Bhatia is a Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai and her area of multidisciplinary research interests include - Mental Health, Gender Studies, Positive Psychology, Somnology and Lifespan Development. She has previously worked as an Assistant Psychologist at Universal Hospital, Abu Dhabi and at St. Pancras Hospital in London, along with voluntary work with the Behavioral Sciences Pavilion at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (Abu Dhabi). Aditi has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London (UCL) in the UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with Counselling) from Middlesex University Dubai. She is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society in United Kingdom. During her clinical practice, she was primarily involved in psychotherapy training and has a special interest in working with young people suffering from anxiety and addiction, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy and other mindfulness-based approaches. She is also a co-founder of an Abu Dhabi-based non-profit Mental Health Support Group – Soul Knit, aimed at providing support and awareness for psychological issues in the UAE.  


Dr. Anita Kashi is an Associate Professor in Psychology and is the Head of Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. Anita received an M.Phil. in Medical and Social Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Central Institute of Psychiatry, India. She is a life member of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists and has worked as a clinical psychologist in the government and corporate sectors in India. She has worked as an academic in Eritrea and Ethiopia on UN and World Bank funded programmes. Anita has supervised numerous dissertations and conducts her own independent research. Her research interest includes schizotypy, social aspects of mental illness, humour, and individual differences.

Dr. Lynda Hyland is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. She graduated with an M.Sc. in Health Psychology from University College London, where she also worked at the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness on Department of Health commissioned projects. Lynda’s other previous roles include project lead on a large-scale randomised controlled trial, and lecturer in Health Psychology at the Dental School in Trinity College Dublin. Her Ph.D. from Maynooth University focused on stakeholder experiences of the ‘Incredible Years’ Teacher Classroom Management programme. A methodological pragmatist, Lynda employs both qualitative and quantitative approaches in her research. Her interests include intervention research, chronic illness management, and health inequalities.

We look forward to welcoming you at the seminar.

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