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›› 2009, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (5): 996-1001.

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Generativity:Individual Differences and Influencing Factors

HE Jin-Lian;GUO Shao-Dan;ZHANG Li-Yan   

  1. Department of Psychology, Hu’nan Normal University, Changsha 410081, China
  • Received:1900-01-01 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2009-09-15 Published:2009-09-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Li-Yan

Abstract: Generativity is a main psychosocial developmental task of the mid-adult individual, which involves productivity, parenting, leadership, interpersonal and social care, encompassing some domains such as generative concern, commitment, and action as well. It can be found in some life stages in varieties of forms. Recent researches suggest that generativity emphasizes a positive existence and development pattern of individual, which can promote interpersonal relationship and social harmony. The individual differences of generativity can be manifested in state level, age and gender role. And its main influencing factors are social culture demand, individual’s inner desire, and parenting styles. Future research will focus on integrating measure methods, and exploring the relationship between generativity and subjective well-being.

Key words: generativity, concern, individual differences, inner desire, cultural demand