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Altruism and HealthPerspectives from Empirical Research$
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Stephen G. Post

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001

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Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?

Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?

(p.43) 3 Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?
Altruism and Health

Paul Wink

Michele Dillon

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on four questions critical to understanding the long-term connection between generativity and health. First, it examines whether adolescents who manifest generative behaviour in high school grow up to be physically and psychologically healthy older adults. Second, it disentangles the different dimensions of concern for others. Third, it investigates whether the generativity-health connection is related to sociodemographic background and, in particular, to religiousness and social class, both of which have been related to volunteering and health. Finally, the chapter explores the factors associated with generativity in adolescence in order to find out what personal and family characteristics are likely to promote a giving attitude toward others and secure long-term health benefits for the giver. Adolescents who were judged to be generative grew up to be in better physical and psychological health than their less generative peers.

Keywords:   generativity, health, adolescents, generative behaviour, physical health, mental health

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