Adolescent Generativity: A Longitudinal Study of Two Possible Contexts for Learning Concern for Future Generations

Adolescent Generativity: A Longitudinal Study of Two Possible Contexts for Learning Concern for Future Generations

Adolescent Generativity: A Longitudinal Study of Two Possible Contexts for Learning Concern for Future Generations

Adolescent Generativity: A Longitudinal Study of Two Possible Contexts for Learning Concern for Future Generationss

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Référence bibliographique [3639]

Lawford, Heather, Pratt, Michael W., Hunsberger, Bruce et Pancer, S. Mark. 2005. «Adolescent Generativity: A Longitudinal Study of Two Possible Contexts for Learning Concern for Future Generations ». Journal of Research on Adolescence, vol. 15, no 3, p. 261-273.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«[T]he purpose of the present research was to investigate factors in the early development of generativity, from late adolescence into young adulthood. We were interested in exploring two contexts that may foster a concern for future generations: the family and its parenting style, and the individual’s active engagement in the community.» (p. 264)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«First we expected that adolescents who reported more use of an authoritative style by their parents would also report greater generative concern subsequently in emerging adulthood. Second, we hypothesized that community involvement in adolescence would predict later generative concern in emerging adulthood over and above concurrent young adult community involvement, and that this predictive relation would be stronger than the converse from earlier generativity to subsequent involvement.» (p. 264)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«A sample of 198 adolescents was followed three times over a 6-year period, from ages 17 to 23.» (p. 261)

Instruments :
- Questionnaire de données sociodémographiques;
-«In 1997, 1999, and 2003, participants completed standard questionnaire measures of depression (the CES-D; Radloff, 1977, 20 items), self-esteem (the Rosenberg Scale; Rosenberg, 1989, 10 items), and social support (Cutrona, 1984, 24 items).» (p. 265);
- «The YII (Pancer et al., in press) was administered at Times 1, 2, and 3.» (p. 265);
- «The level of authoritative parenting in the family was rated by the adolescents at age 17, using standard measures of responsiveness and strictness developed by Lamborn, Mounts, Steinberg, and Dornbusch (1991; warmth, 10 items,a5.87; strictness, 6 items, a5 .80).» (p. 266);
- «The Loyola Generativity Scale (LGS; McAdams & de St. Aubin, 1992) was obtained at both age 19 and 23.» (p. 266).

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


Questionnaire measures of generative concern, parenting style, community involvement, and personal adjustment were collected. Adolescents’ generative concern was positively related to good adjustment, as has been observed previously among adults. Generative concern at age 23 was predicted by earlier reports of family authoritative parenting, and especially by higher levels of earlier prosocial community involvement among these adolescents. Overall, results suggest that generativity may be a developing element in the domain of prosocial moral concern in later adolescence, and that family and community roots may be important in its establishment.» (p. 264)