Quarterlife Crisis Among Emerging Adults: A Phenomenological Study


This study focused on the experience of Quarterlife Crisis among Filipino emerging adults. It aims to examine the quarterlife experiences of emerging adults as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. Several factors were taken into consideration in this investigation such as attainment of bachelor’s degree, pursuing a higher degree of education, age, and single as a civil status. Qualitative method was used to capture the experiences of the participants. To analyze the life stories, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used. An interview via Zoom meeting platform was utilized. To start each interview, consent was asked from the participants via Google forms. A semi-structured interview guide helped in drawing out stories, later clustered into superordinate themes. The participants were purposively selected, consisting of 5 voluntary respondents. The interview guide was set to focus on the respondent’s experience during the transition to adulthood. The findings of the study were obtained from creating superordinate themes, analyzing through the hours of interview. Themes are as follows: (1) Unpleasant experiences during first year at work, (2) financial difficulties, (3) pressure from internal and expectations, (4) lack of clear career direction, and (5) not being ready for work. From the sample population interviewed, it is concluded that these emerging adults were indeed under distress as they enter a new world of adulthood. They voluntarily shared their experience to have more open talks about the existence of Quarterlife Crisis. It is highly encouraged to have more open talks about major life transition inside homes, schools, and community.

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Samantha P. Santos, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines
Christoper F. Sasot, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippines

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Conference: SEACE2023
Stream: Counselling

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To cite this article:
Santos S., & Sasot C. (2023) Quarterlife Crisis Among Emerging Adults: A Phenomenological Study ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2023.5
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2023.5

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