The Application of a Generativity Model for Older Adults

Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN 47720, USA.
The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Impact Factor: 0.62). 09/2012; 74(4):331-44. DOI: 10.2190/AG.74.4.d
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Generativity is a concept first introduced by Erik Erikson as a part of his psychosocial theory which outlines eight stages of development in the human life. Generativity versus stagnation is the main developmental concern of middle adulthood; however, generativity is also recognized as an important theme in the lives of older adults. Building on the work of Erikson, McAdams and de St. Aubin (1992) developed a model explaining the generative process. The aims of this article are: (a) to explore the relationship between generativity and older adults as it appears in research literature; and (b) to examine McAdam's model and use it to explain the role of generativity in older adults who share life stories with gerontology students through an oral history project.

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