Generativity in midlife.

ABSTRACT Synthesizes theoretical and empirical work on generativity within a life-course perspective, with special emphasis on how this work informs the study of midlife. This chapter begins with a history of the concept of generativity. Next, it considers the ways in which generativity is a developmental construct, contrasting life-cycle and life-course perspectives on the relation between generativity and midlife. Finally, the chapter considers empirical research on the generative lives in the middle adult in the middle-adult years, examining relations between generativity on the one hand and psychological, social, and cultural phenomena on the other. This chapter ends with proposals for new directions in future research and theorizing. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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