Generativity and Adult Development: How and Why We Care for the Next Generation

Pages: 511
Item #: 431601A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-470-8
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 1998
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.
Generativity and Adult Development brings together the most creative and informed contemporary thinking and research being done on the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of generativity in adult lives. The book draws together a roster of distinguished scholars from the fields of life-span development, personality and social psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and the arts. The reader will find here a host of stimulating ideas, new research findings, and clinical wisdom about how adults fashion their lives in ways designed to promote the ensuing generations and to leave an enduring legacy that will outlive the self.
Table of Contents


—Robert C. Coles


I. The Psychology of Generativity: Theory and Research

  1. The Anatomy of Generativity
    —Dan P. McAdams, Holly M. Hart, and Shadd Maruna
  2. A Generative Drama: Scenes From a Father–Son Relationship
    —John Snarey and Peter Yuichi Clark
  3. The Course of Generativity
    —Abigail J. Stewart and Elizabeth A. Vandewater
  4. Case Studies of Midlife Generativity: Analyzing Motivation and Realization
    —Bill E. Peterson
  5. Immortality and the Externalization of the Self: Plato's Unrecognized Theory of Generativity
    —Jerome C. Wakefield

II. Generativity in Society, Culture, and History

  1. Generativity: At the Crossroads of Social Roles and Personality
    —Shelley M. MacDermid, Carol E. Franz, and Lee Ann De Reus
  2. Generativity in Adult Lives: Social Structural Contours and Quality of Life Consequences
    —Corey Lee M. Keyes and Carol D. Ryff
  3. Generativity, Social Context, and Lived Experience: Narratives of Gay Men in Middle Adulthood
    —Bertram J. Cohler, Andrew J. Hostetler, and Andrew M. Boxer
  4. Cares for the Rising Generation: Generativity in American History, 1607–1900
    —Gerald F. Moran
  5. Generativity in the Shadow of Genocide: The Holocaust Experience and Generativity
    —Avi Kay

III. Applications: Generativity in Biography and Therapy

  1. Intergenerational Buffers: "The Damage Stops Here"
    —John Kotre and Kathy B. Kotre
  2. Truth Against the World: A Psychobiographical Exploration of Generativity in the Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
    —Ed de St. Aubin
  3. Generativity and the Life Course of Martha Graham
    —Susan A. Lee
  4. Family Generativity and Generative Counseling: Helping Families Keep Faith With the Next Generation
    —David C. Dollahite, Brent D. Slife, and Alan J. Hawkins

Epilogue: Emerging Themes and Future Directions

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Dan P. McAdams is the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and professor of human development and psychology at Northwestern University. He is author of numerous books and articles in the fields of personality psychology and adult development, including his textbook, The Person: An Introduction to Personality Psychology (Harcourt Brace, 1994), and the widely heralded The Stories We Live By: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self (Guilford Press, 1993).

McAdams has pioneered research and theorizing on adult identity and the modem self, developing the life-story model of adult identity, and in the areas of generativity and social responsibility, intimacy motivation, and psychological biography. Winner of the 1989 Henry A. Murray Award from APA, McAdams is a leading spokesperson for the personological tradition in psychology and for the emerging narrative paradigm in the study of lives.

Ed de St. Aubin is assistant professor of human development and psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. His research activities and publications lie in the area of life-span developmental psychology, focusing particularly on generativity, life narrative, and the development of personal ideology.

De St. Aubin has articulated a new model of personal ideology in the adult years that incorporates the development of personal values, political orientation, religiosity, morality, and assumptions about human nature as embedded in family, schools, culture, and history. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including selection as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and featured faculty member of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Reviews & Awards
Over the past 15 years, there has been renewed interest in this concept as the study of generativity has gained attention across various disciplines. McAdams and de St. Aubin bring together prominent researchers, theorists and practitioners in psychology, counseling, sociology, history, philosophy, and the arts to broaden our understanding of generativity. The contributors to this book present creative ideas and innovative research on theoretical and applied aspects and the social and historical context in which generativity occurs. This book will be of interest to researchers, theorists, and students in lifespan development, personality and social psychology, sociology, anthropology, and practitioners, including clinical psychologists, pastoral counselors, social workers, and educators.
—Monica Mori, Whitman College and Concordia College