Generativity in later life: Perceived respect from younger generations as a determinant of goal disengagement and psychological well-being

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Abstract

It was hypothesized that actions to benefit the next generation would not lead to well-being unless they are perceived to be valued and respected and that the lack of perceived respect would further lead to disengagement from generative goals. Older persons responded to measures of generative concern, action, perceived respect, and psychological well-being at 2 time points 12 months apart. Structural equation modeling showed that at both time points, the effect of action on well-being was completely mediated by perceived respect. Moreover, a lack of perceived respect at baseline predicted a decrease in generative concern 12 months later, suggesting that, in later life, continuing concern is partly dependent on the attitudes of younger generations. When their attitudes are unfavorable, a downward spiral in generativity development and well-being is possible. Copyright © 2009 The Author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-54
JournalThe Journals of Gerontology: Series B
Volume64B
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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Cheng, S.-T. (2009). Generativity in later life: Perceived respect from younger generations as a determinant of goal disengagement and psychological well-being. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 64B(1), 45-54. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbn027

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Generativity
  • Goal disengagement
  • Hong Kong Chinese
  • Psychological well-being
  • Respect