Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2017 Vol. 10 Issue 51

Polyakova M.K., Strizhitskaya O.Yu. Generativity and the specifics of the social sphere of adult

Full text in Russian: Полякова М.К., Стрижицкая О.Ю. Генеративность и особенности социальной сферы взрослого

St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Paper considers characteristics of social context in which generativity develops in adulthood. Social context is studied in the paradigm of factors, revealed by international researchers in the field. Family and non-family spheres are investigated as social contexts that are important for development of strive for help and support of next generations. Also we consider spheres in which generativity can be applied. We describe international approaches to generativity as a developmental task throughout adulthood; particularly we compare view of E. Erickson on generativity, based on theoretical analysis, and results from contemporary empirical studies. Participants were 133 adults (66 men and 65 women, aged 23–57). We used "Loyola generativity scale", "General behavior checklist", content-analysis of the open-ended questions, survey. We identified characteristics of family and non-family spheres that can be associated with levels of expression of generativity. Results showed the increase in generativity concern among people, working in the social sphere, showing social activity and having real people, impacted their life history (non-family factors). Particular concern was given to analysis of generativity within different professional types. Family factors, that affected generativity, were characteristics of intergenerational relationships – knowledge about their origins (family memory), and readiness for grandparental relationships. The association between family memory and generativity was assumed.

Keywords: generativity, social factors, non-family factors, family factors, grandparent relationships, social activity


The study was supported by the Grant Council of Russian Federation President, project MK 3345.2015.6.


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Received 22 September 2016. Date of publication: 28 February 2017.

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Polyakova Maria K. Researcher, Department of Developmental and Differential Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, nab. Makarova, 6, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Strizhitskaya Olga Yu. Ph.D., Associate professor, Department of Developmental and Differential Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, nab. Makarova, 6, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Polyakova M.K., Strizhitskaya O.Yu. Generativity and the specifics of the social sphere of an adult. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 51, p. 5. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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