Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Generativity represents a major unifying theme in middle-aged adults’ life stories. Generative adults develop a way of thinking about the self that fosters a caring, compassionate approach to others.  In this discussion we will discuss the concepts of generativity further.

As you create your discussion post, consider the following:

  • What stereotypes are associated with middle age? Have you ever heard about or seen someone in a ‘mid-life crisis’? If you are not at this stage, where do you see yourself during mid-life?

By the end of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Describe Erikson’s stage of generativity versus stagnation, noting major personality changes of middle adulthood and related research findings.

Complete the following:

Describe Erik Erikson’s Generativity versus Stagnation stage. According to Erikson, how does personality change in middle age? What personal and cultural forces motivate generativity? Why does it increase and contribute vitally to favorable adjustment in midlife? Be sure to include in your response information from the textbook or other psychology-specific sources.


Initial Discussion Post

We ask that your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA style formatting. You may use additional sources and materials as long as they are relevant to the discussion and cited properly with APA style citations.

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