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Prosocial DevelopmentA Multidimensional Approach$
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Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Gustavo Carlo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.001.0001

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Early Generativity and Types of Civic Engagement in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Early Generativity and Types of Civic Engagement in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

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(p.410) 20 Early Generativity and Types of Civic Engagement in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
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Prosocial Development
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Michael W. Pratt

Heather L. Lawford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.003.0020

This chapter reviews research on the construct of generativity. The chapter specifically covers work on the potential applicability of this construct to youth and emerging adulthood, and its implications for various forms of civic engagement during this developmental period. The chapter discusses four topic areas: community involvement and volunteering, environmentalism, work and vocation, and political activity. In each of these four domains, the chapter concentrates on longitudinal relations between earlier generativity and engagement in these activities in emerging and young adulthood. Drawing on a Canadian longitudinal study of high school students, the chapter explores the relations between early generative concern, and these domains of engagement, finding that early generativity at 23 is a positive predictor of later engagement in each of these domains.

Keywords:   personality development, generativity, civic engagement, emerging adulthood, life narratives, longitudinal research

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