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Generativity and productive pursuits: Pathways to successful aging in late midlife African American and White women

TitleGenerativity and productive pursuits: Pathways to successful aging in late midlife African American and White women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsVersey, H, Newton, NJ
JournalJournal of Adult DevelopmentJournal of Adult Development
Volume20
Pagination185-196
Date PublishedDec
ISBN Number1068-0667<br/>1573-3440
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2013-28398-001
Keywords*Adult Development, *Aging, *Generativity, *Productivity, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, Blacks, Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Humanities, Psychosocial & Personality Development [2840], Recreation, Sports, successful aging, African Americans, us, Whites, Whites, generativity, sports, recreation, humanities
AbstractThe current study aims to examine correlates of successful aging in the context of midlife, by examining its relationship to generativity, or providing for the next generation (Erikson in Dimensions of a new identity: the 1973 Jefferson lectures in the humanities, W. W. Norton & Co., Oxford, 1974). This research identifies productive activities (e.g., paid work, sports and recreation) and spiritual commitment as potential moderators of the generativity-successful aging relationship, since engagement in these activities has been suggested to benefit health. Furthermore, we examine how these interactions differ for a sample of 237 middle-aged women (mean age = 61), depending on race. Results indicate that, whereas generativity and successful aging are related for the overall sample, this relationship is moderated by sports and recreation activities, and to a lesser extent, spiritual commitment. Importantly, spiritual commitment is associated with a positive relationship between generativity and successful aging, while sports and recreation is associated with a negative one. When viewed by race, spiritual commitment, and sports and recreation activities moderate the relationship specifically for White women, while paid work does so for Black women. This research highlights the importance of examining different pathways between generativity and aging successfully. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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