The nature, prevalence and correlates of generativity among men in middle career
Clark, M. and Arnold, J. (2008) The nature, prevalence and correlates of generativity among men in middle career. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73 (3). pp. 473-484. ISSN 0001-8791
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2008.09.002
Multiple methods were used to explore the character and correlates of generativity among 41 men aged 45-55. Generativity in the role of worker was unrelated to generativity in men’s roles as father, citizen and ‘leisurite’. Individuals who were generative in their work reported greater job satisfaction and subjective career success. This link was stronger for generativity targeting fellow-workers’ growth and societal well-being than for creative/productive generativity or leadership. As some theorists have argued, therefore, nurturant generativity may be more adaptive in mid/late career than other varieties of generativity, and more indicative of generative maturity. The status of productivity within the generativity construct seems problematic. Our findings offer qualified support for McAdams and de St Aubin’s (1992) contention that generativity is expressed differentially in the domains of concern, commitment and behavior, and that the different relationships of these generativity domains to third variables can be interpreted in meaningful ways.
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